Prehistoric wolf head found perfectly preserved in Russian Federation

The first intact head of an adult Pleistocene wolf was found by a group looking for woolly mammoth tusks in Siberia

The snarling beast with its brain intact was found preserved in permafrost in the Yakutia region on Siberia.

A 40,000-year-old severed Pleistocene wolf's head has been discovered in eastern Siberia - and the permafrost that preserved it also kept its teeth and fur pretty much intact.

Locals looking for mammoth ivory found the remains on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, before bringing it to the mammoth studies department at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha.

The Pleistocene wolf's head is 40cm long, half of the whole body length of a modern wolf which varies from 66 to 86cm.

The reason for the wolf's head being detached is unknown, although scientists said it is unlikely to have been a trophy of a hunter as mankind only arrived in this part of northern Russian Federation around 32,500 years ago. But people have previously found other remains of ancient wolves, such as a mummified wolf pup that lived over 50,000 years ago in Canada.

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'Their muscles, organs and brains are in good condition, ' said Naoki Suzuki, a professor of palaeontology and medicine with the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, who made CT scans of the ancient remains.

These are the first remains to be found of a well-preserved, fully grown wolf from the Pleistocene, according to the Times.

Now, scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History will examine the DNA from the newly discovered wolf head and compare the genetic information to that of modern wolves, The Siberian Times reported.

'We want to assess their physical capabilities and ecology by comparing them with the lions and wolves of today'.

"The number of discoveries is growing because of the thaw of the permafrost", Albert Protopopov told CNN.

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