A 44,000-year-old mummified wolf has been discovered that is well preserved.


It is a big, bad and old wolf.

Researchers are examining a 44,000-year-old mummified wolf in Russia that is believed to be the first predator found during that time.

“This is the world's first discovery of the Late Pleistocene. [time period 2.58 million to 11,700 years ago] Albert Protopov, head of the Department of Mammoth Fauna Studies at the Yakutia Academy of Sciences, said, according to a report.

A 44,000-year-old mummified wolf discovered in Russia has made history. Via Reuters
The wolf was found in Yakutia, the northeastern region of Russia. Via Reuters

The well-preserved carcass of the wolf was found by chance by residents in thick permafrost in the northeastern Yakutia region in 2021, but scientists have now had the opportunity to perform an autopsy on the animal.

“Usually, it's the herbivores that die, get stuck in the swamp, freeze and end up with us as a whole,” Protopov said. “This is the first time a large carnivore has been found.”

Researchers at the Northeastern Federal University in Yakutsk, Russia, conducted an autopsy, which found the wolf's teeth, fur and some of its organs intact.

The team hopes to learn more about the ancient creature's genetics, lifestyle, diet and diseases.

Researchers at the Northeastern Federal University in Yakutsk, Russia, performed an autopsy on the wolf, which had its teeth, fur and some of its organs intact. Via Reuters

That's actually surprising, University of Alberta anthropologist Robert Lucey told Business Insider.

“This is the only fully mature Pleistocene wolf ever found, so that in itself is truly remarkable and completely unique.”

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