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Extinct cave bear found WHOLE after being frozen for 30,000 years on Siberian island

AN ANCIENT bear has been discovered completely intact after being frozen for around 30,000 years.

The now extinct type of cave bear was found on a Siberian island where scientists search for the preserved remains of extinct animals in melting permafrost.

Although remains of ancient creatures have been found on the Lyakhovsky Islands before, this adult cave bear discovery is said to be unprecedented.

That’s because it’s almost perfectly preserved, with its teeth, nose and internal organs all intact after tens of thousands of years.

Scientists think the bear died somewhere between 22,000 to 39,500 years ago.

Its species, Ursus spelaeus, would have roamed the Arctic during the Ice Age.

The species is thought to have gone extinct around 15,000 years ago, meaning seeing an intact carcass like this is very special because scientists usually only find skeletons.

It was first found by reindeer herders.

They then alerted the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutsk, Russia.

NEFU researcher Lena Grigorieva said: “This is the first and only find of its kind – a whole bear carcass with soft tissues.”

Cave bears like this would have roamed glacier covered Europe and Asia alongside creatures like sabre-toothed tigers and mammoths.

The males likely weighed around 1 ton or 2,200 pounds.

That’s around 500 pounds heavier than the largest bears that exist today.

Carbon dating will be done on the bear to try and determine a more accurate age.

In other archaeology news, an ancient ‘wine factory’ has been unearthed in Lebanon.

A sunken ship has been found in almost perfect condition despite spending 400 years underwater.

And, Ancient Egyptian coffins sealed for thousands of years have been found down a burial shaft.

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