A group of scientists recently announced the discovery of a giant severed wolf’s head in Siberia. Found near the remote Tirekhtyakh River, the incredibly preserved animal is thought to be about 40,000 years old.
According to media, massive head is almost 40cm in length, compared to the average size of a contemporary Siberian Gray wolf, which has a head length of about 25 centimetres. So far it is unknown why the head was severed as it cannot be because of humane hunt, since the first human sights discovered in the region are dating back to 32,000 years ago.
Scientist Dr Albert Protopopov, an expert in frozen prehistorical animals from the woolly mammoth era, said “it is definitely a wolf. Maybe the hair colouring makes people think it is a bear, but actually it is quite strange to hear, as morphologically this is a very typical wolf,” he added.
Now, the experts are about to return where the head was found, above the Arctic Circle, to search for the remains. “Our suggestion is that the head was separated by ice,” said Dr. Protopopov. “We have seen many cuts with ice, like the heads of horses and other animals, so we had no hesitation.”
“But we do not exclude that it could have been cut artificially. To exclude this a meticulous study is needed. We need an expert in traces, who will study this in detail under a microscope,” Dr. Protopopov told the Siberian Times. “We are working on this at this moment. There were no other parts of the wolf found at the site, but we plan another expedition to explore this as it can be hidden there.”
The wolf’s head will now be examined by scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, who will study it’s DNA, News.com reports.
“Their muscles, organs and brains are in good condition,” Naoki Suzuki, a professor of palaeontology and medicine with the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo said. “We want to assess their physical capabilities and ecology by comparing them with the lions and wolves of today.”