From lion cubs found frozen to the discovery of the best specimen ever even going on to try and extract DNA from the baby mammoth
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7. A Mummified Cat
This is the mummified cat that was also brought to the Wells Trading Shop in the same box as the mummified rat that was just previously mentioned. The cat is also said to be more than 300-years-old, however, unlike the rat, it is believed that the cat was purposefully put into the wall of an old Welsh cottage in which it was found in. Dr. Marion Gibson, who is an expert of witchcraft and folklore at Exeter University states that the cat was most likely placed into the cottage wall while it was still alive. She says that this was a fairly common practice throughout Europe because people believed this would ward off any bad luck. This isn’t the first time a cat has been found inside the walls of a home as one was discovered back in 2009 and another in 2013.
6. Sasha The Wooly Rhinoceros
In 2014, the remains of this 18-month-old wooly rhinoceros were found in a ravine by a hunter in the Sakha Republic, Siberia. It happens to be the largest and coldest region in Russia, which explains why the animal’s carcass was so well preserved by permafrost. Dubbed as Sasha, the young rhino’s body was initially believed to be around 10,000-years-old when it was first discovered but it was last year that scientist announced it was 34,000-years-old after an autopsy was performed. It’s believed that Sasha’s cause of death was due to drowning since its nasal passages were clogged with mud. Even though the animal was preserved very well, the sex could not be determined.
5. Yuka The Mammoth
In the early months of last year, a group of Russian and South Korean scientists began their efforts at extracting DNA from this baby mammoth’s carcass and trying to clone it. Officially dubbed as “Yuka,” the well-preserved body of the mammoth was discovered in the Siberian permafrost back in 2013. Yuka is recognized as the most well-preserved specimen in all of Paleontology and it’s believed that she died somewhere between the ages of 6 and 11-years-old. Yuka died some 39,000 years ago at the hands of hunters by the looks of her wounds. Before being taken to the lab, Yuka was on display at a museum in Moscow, Russia.
4. Uyan And Dina The Lion Cubs
Just like Sasha the wooly rhino, these two cave lion cubs that were named Uyan and Dina were discovered in the Sakha Republic of Siberia back in the summer of 2015. The cubs were dated at being 12,000-years-old and could prove to be an explanation as to how these predatory cats died out as a species 10,000 years ago. No one is quite sure as to how these animals died out but it’s believed that they died out due to the dwindling population of their food sources such as cave bears and deer because these animals were top predators and weren’t prone to getting trapped in swamps, unlike wooly mammoths.
3. A 9,300-Year-Old Bison
Like most animals that are well preserved under sheets of ice, this bison carcass was found back in July of 2011 in the Sakha Republic of Siberia. The 9,300-year-old bison mummy was so well intact that when scientists opened it up they discovered that its heart, blood vessels, digestive system and brain were completely maintained. They were able to identify its cause of death as most likely being starvation as there was quite the lack of body fat near the animal’s abdominal area. There only happens to be three steppe bison mummies that have so far been discovered in the entirety of the planet and this one is the most complete out of all three specimens. A truly rare find.
2. The Tumat Dog
The remains of this 12,450-year-old puppy were located close to the River Syalakh in the Sakha Republic back in 2011. The dog is believed to have been around 3-months-old before it died and was discovered to be a female. Her body was discovered by a pair of brothers named Yury and Igor Gorokhov about 26 miles from their home in the village of Tumat, which is where she get’s her name. The Tumat Dog is believed to have died from a landslide that occurred at the edge of the river.
1. A Mammoth Trunk With Blood
It was three years ago when scientists in Siberia made the astonishing discovery. This wooly mammoth carcass that has been frozen for approximately 10,000 years is said to have the “best preserved wooly mammoth trunk” ever to be found in Siberia. Muscle and hair samples can still be found attached to the body and scientists were even able to extract a small vial of mammoth blood that created a wave of excitement for researchers in the hopes to one day clone the animal and resurrect it from extinction.