10,000-year-old extinct lion cubs discovered in near-perfect condition in Siberian permafrost.
According to the Siberian Times, the cubs which were “almost perfectly preserved in permafrost” were discovered in the Sakha Republic, a region in northeastern Siberia earlier this summer.
“The find is sensational, no doubt,” a source close to the discovery told the Siberian Times.
The Week reports that the Sakha Republic has seen its fair share of discoveries ranging from woolly mammoths to horses.
Scientists, however, believe that the remains of the cave lion cubs, however, are the “best preserved ever unearthed in the world.” The Siberian Times reports that cave lions are close relatives to modern Afro-Asiatic lion and they used to live during the Middle and late Pleistocene times on the Eurasia continent.
— Siberian Times (@siberian_times) October 26, 2015
Scientists from the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia believe that these cubs will help explain why their species went extinct around 10,000 years ago.