Well preserved 9300 years old frozen fossil of Yakutain bison found in Eastern Siberia

November 7, 2014 10:01 PM

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According to a presentation this week at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s Annual Meeting in Berlin, a well preserved frozen fossil of a 9300 years old bison has been excavated in Eastern Siberia. The appearance and anatomy of the beast is of a steppe bison (Bison priscus), the species which got extinct soon after the end of ice age. Among all the fossils of the related species, this one is the best preserved one. Dead remains of the fossil have been transported to the Yakutian Academy of Sciences where an autopsy will be conducted to determine basic reason of its death.

“Normally, what you find with the mummies of mega fauna in North America or Siberia is partial carcasses. They’re partly eaten or destroyed because they’re lying in the permafrost for tens of thousands of years”, said Olga Potapova, the collections curator and manager at the Mammoth site of Hot spri...

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