9000-year-old complete bison mummy found in Siberia

November 7, 2014 7:40 PM

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For paleontologists it doesn’t get much better than the nearly 10,000 year old frozen bison mummy found in Siberia. In 2011, members of the Yukagir tribe in Siberia discovered the near-perfect mummified remains of a 9,300-year-old Steppe bison (Bison priscus). The bison was carefully transported to the Yakuitan Academy of Sciences where researchers would study it for several years. Preliminary details about this rare discovery were presented this week by researchers at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Berlin.

This latest discovery marks the most complete frozen mummy of the Steppe bison. A necropsy performed on the animal revealed a complete brain, blood vessels, digestive tract, and heart, though its organs had shrunk over time. The so-called Yukagir bison mummy, displayed what researchers describe as a...

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