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    Frozen cave bear found in Siberian Arctic island permafrost

    Lots of news stories on it:


    In the Lyakhovsky Islands in the Arctic Ocean a little off of Siberia, the body of an adult cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) was recently found. Also recently discovered on the nearby mainland was a cave-bear cub. Though many cave-bear skeletons have been found, this is the first find of cave-bear mummies, well-preserved and often dried-up corpses. Cave bears grew to the size of the largest present-day bears. They went extinct in the Last Glacial Maximum, about 24,000 years ago.

    Cave bears' closest relative is the Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos), and they diverged roughly a million years ago. Not long after, the eastern and western populations of EBB's also diverged.

    Frozen corpses/mummies of several other species of late-Pleistocene animals have also recently been found in that area -- some dog/wolf puppies, a severed wolf's head, two cave-lion cubs, a foal (baby horse), a steppe bison, a woolly rhino, some mammoths.

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