- In 2018, an incredibly well-preserved giant wolf head was found in Siberia.
- Further details on the history, anatomy and physiology of the specimen will become available following DNA extraction.
A large, 40,000-year-old wolf's head The severed wolf's head was found by a local near the Tirekhtyakh River in eastern Siberia. Since the head was incredibly well preserved, the discovery offers a rare opportunity to study the genealogy and evolution of wolves.
"This discovery is amazing," said Julie Meachen, paleontologist and professor at the University of Des Moines, who specializes in the evolution of ancient wolves (but is not involved in this discovery), as opposed to Gizmodo's scientist who was fully grown, when it died between the ages of 2 and 4, it was probably scary to look at. Today, the average wolf's head measures between 9 and 1
How do we know that the specimen was so big? Because it hunted large game such as horses and bison, much like other ancient races, including the Dire Wolves – which were long before Game of Thrones
and existed thousands of years ago. Mechen says this wolf is probably not a grim wolf, but further conclusive evidence for the ancient predator will be available after scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History have extracted some of its DNA.
Although it is not uncommon for discoveries like these to appear in the Siberian In the Wild it is rare to find a specimen in this conservation stage.
"I wanted to go to Siberia to look for more copies from the Ice Age," said Meachen. "It looks like it died yesterday! We have never seen an Ice Age Wolf in the flesh, and this is a huge specimen."