Ancient lion cubs found in permafrost of the 'coldest city on Earth'

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Ancient Lion Cubs Found in Nearly Fully Preserved


From the coldest city on Earth, comes a stunning announcement. Scientists in the Siberian city of Yakutsk are showing to the world the remarkably well-preserved remains of two lion cubs that are some 12,000 years old.

The cubs were maybe a week or two old when they died. Their eyes are not quite open. Perhaps they fell into a hole or died in a landslide. They're cave lions, a species that no longer exists.

What's so striking is how well preserved they are complete with fur, soft tissue and even whiskers. It's probably because they were dug from permafrost. They were displayed to the media on two big slabs of ice. Tests are planned to get a better idea exactly how old they are.

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