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The Siberian Wolf's Head.
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In a couple of my fictional yarns, I wrote of a huge ferocious wolf called Accam Dey that was eventually hunted
down and its decapitated head kept in a glass case. It looks like I was just ahead of the curve!


Quote:Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia.

Sensational find of head of the beast with its brain intact, preserved since prehistoric times in perma.

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'The severed head of the world’s first full-sized Pleistocene wolf was unearthed in the Abyisky district in the
north of Yakutia. Local man Pavel Efimov found it in summer 2018 on shore of the Tirekhtyakh River, tributary
of Indigirka.

The wolf, whose rich mammoth-like fur and impressive fangs are still intact, was fully grown and aged from two
to four years old when it died. The head was dated older than 40,000 years by Japanese scientists.
Scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History will examine the Pleistocene predator’s DNA.

‘This is a unique discovery of the first ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue preserved.
We will be comparing it to modern-day wolves to understand how the species has evolved and to reconstruct
its appearance,’ said an excited Albert Protopopov, from the Republic of Sakha Academy of Sciences.

The Pleistocene wolf’s head is 40cm long, so half of the whole body length of a modern wolf which varies from
66 to 86cm. The astonishing discovery was announced in Tokyo, Japan, during the opening of a grandiose Woolly
Mammoth exhibition organised by Yakutian and Japanese scientists.

Alongside the wolf the scientists presented an immaculately-well preserved cave lion cub. 
‘Their muscles, organs and brains are in good condition,’ said Naoki Suzuki, a professor of palaeontology and medicine
with the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, who studied the remains with a CT scanner. 
‘We want to assess their physical capabilities and ecology by comparing them with the lions and wolves of today.’

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The cave lion cub named Spartak - previously announced - is about 40cm long and weighed about 800 grams. 
Scientists believe the cub died shortly after birth. The recent discovery follows that of the remains of three cave lions
in 2015 and 2017 by the same team...'
The Siberian Times:


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WoW, that is a big animal.
@BIAD  you may have been ahead of the Curve or,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, you had a long hidden memory of a past life,,,,,,, Or NOT!  tinylaughing
Once A Rogue, Always A Rogue!
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(06-08-2019, 04:53 PM)guohua Wrote: WoW, that is a big animal.
@BIAD  you may have been ahead of the Curve or,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, you had a long hidden memory of a past life,,,,,,, Or NOT!  tinylaughing

It is a big bugger -I agree!

It's difficult to get Boy In A Dress to tell anything of his past, but I'm sure if I asked if he had any
information about this large prehistoric wolf, he'd say it either ate his homework or his underwear!!
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I wouldn't put it past the scientists to take DNA and try to create this creature again.  Be on the lookout!!!   tinyhuh 


The past life memory Ms. G. mentioned is a good one, I think that's possible.  I bet you were surprised when you found this article.
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(06-08-2019, 05:19 PM)Mystic Wanderer Wrote: I wouldn't put it past the scientists to take DNA and try to create this creature again.  Be on the lookout!!!   tinyhuh 


The past life memory Ms. G. mentioned is a good one, I think that's possible.  I bet you were surprised when you found this article.

Two surprises.
One, I was when I found the article.
Two. I wouldn't be surprised if scientists do try to resurrect this thing!
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(06-08-2019, 05:32 PM)BIAD Wrote:
(06-08-2019, 05:19 PM)Mystic Wanderer Wrote: I wouldn't put it past the scientists to take DNA and try to create this creature again.  Be on the lookout!!!   tinyhuh 


The past life memory Ms. G. mentioned is a good one, I think that's possible.  I bet you were surprised when you found this article.

Two surprises.
One, I was when I found the article.
Two. I wouldn't be surprised if scientists do try to resurrect this thing!

Mystic Wanderer is Right, they will try.
What do they have to lose,,,, maybe a Hand, Arm or Leg.
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(06-08-2019, 09:16 PM)guohua Wrote: Mystic Wanderer is Right, they will try.
What do they have to lose,,,, maybe a Hand, Arm or Leg.

If one of them things ever returns and gets out, then the same scientists will get letters!
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My my! That WAS a big-'un!

40 cm is about 16 inches long. An adult Dire Wolf had a skull about 11 or 11 1/2 inches long, making this beast about 140% larger than a Dire Wolf, if all of the other bodily proportions are the same.

Dire Wolves were about the size of a large American Gray wolf, just built heavier so they could take more punishment from pleistocene megafauna when they were on the hunt. This beast is, well, a BEAST!

I'd love to see the results of the research they do, such as a DNA profile, determination of what species it was, and of course the reconstruction they have promised.
" I don't mind killin' a man in a fair fight... or if I think he's gonna start a fair fight... or if there's money involved... or a woman... "

 - Jayne Cobb, Hero of Canton
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I will also note here that I've read the diary of Osborne Russell, who was a trapper in the old west, circa 1820s in the Rocky Mountains, and that in that diary he specifies that he encountered 3 species of "wolf". One of them answers to a small species of "Medicine wolf", which we call today a "coyote". The second fits the description of what we would call now a "gray wolf" in the US... but the third, ah, the third, is a larger wolf than we see today, which Russell describes as "5 foot long from the tip of his nose to the root of his tail". That sounds to me like the description of an American Dire Wolf, but the are seen no more - or at least only rarely.

We have here, where I live, an infestation of coyotes. One took up with my brother in law's dog, and would come to the house to eat with his dog. Puppies were born of that union, which are to this day feral. It has also been claimed that ALL of the coyotes east of the Mississippi River in the US are mixed with wolves, and that the mixture occurred in Minnesota where they crossed the Mississippi.

I saw, in the fall of 2015 on my way to work, a "coyote": standing in a field that looked more wolf-like that the average coyote, It had a heavier muzzle, and shorter ears, than a normal coyote, and looked a lot more wolf-like than coyote like.. and it was huge. it was, at least, "5 feet long from the tip of it's nose to the root of it's tail"...

... and I wonder.

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" I don't mind killin' a man in a fair fight... or if I think he's gonna start a fair fight... or if there's money involved... or a woman... "

 - Jayne Cobb, Hero of Canton
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