Remains of Unknown Ancient Animals Found in Yakutia


Rhino and lion bones were also found at the site. Presumably, the remains belong to the Early Pleistocene - Neogene Period.

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Scientists have discovered ancient artefacts and animal remains in the Churapchinsky District, the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia, presumably the remains belong to the Early Pleistocene - Neogene Period, the head of the Department for the Study of Mammoth Fauna of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) said.

The site belonged to a man who lived more than 30 thousand years ago. This was established from the artefacts corresponding to this archaeological culture.

A large number of bones of the mammoth fauna were discovered, which have traces of exposure [traces of human activity]. In addition, bones of unknown animals were also found, the head of the Department added.

The bones found were severely damaged. Rhino and lion bones were also found at the site.

Archaeologist of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the RAS has already begun archaeological exploration. Thanks to the results, scientists have already been able to establish that some artefacts from the site correspond to the Dyuktai culture.

The Dyuktai culture is an Upper Paleolithic culture of Siberia that existed 35-10.5 thousand years ago.

Excavations at the site will continue.

The place has already been recognised as promising. We will develop it together with the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and colleagues from other scientific centres, the Yakut scientist continued.

The Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is the largest federal subject of Russia located in the northeastern part of Siberia, in the Far Eastern Federal District. The Sakha Republic is included in the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation, which is the largest economic zone in Russia, and in the world, with a single set of preferences for investment activities.