“This is the first and only find of its kind – a whole bear carcass with soft tissues. It is completely preserved, with all internal organs in place including even its nose,” Dr Lena Grigorieva, a researcher at North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU), said in a statement. “Previously, only skulls and bones were found. This find is of great importance for the whole world.”
The Bear is now extinct due to being over hunted by Neanderthals and humans who competed with the cave bears for shelter and wanted their fur and meat. They existed in Late Pleistocene era (126,000 to 11,700 years ago), when climate-change-induced food shortages, which gave the green light to Neanderthals to often ambush sleeping bears as they awoke from their annual slumber.
This perfect specimen was found Lyakhovsky Islands in far northeastern Russia by reindeer herders and will now be analyzed by scientists at the (NEFU) in Yakutsk, a leading research institution when it comes to the study of extinct Ice Age species.
The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) is a prehistoric species or subspecies that lived across much of Eurasia until it fell into extinction about 15,000 years ago. Numerous factors were behind their demise, but it’s thought a major factor was being over-hunted by humans and Neanderthals.