Russian scientists have found the furry head of an Ice Age wolf perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost.
The head of a wolf, which died 40,000 years ago, was discovered in the Russian Arctic region of Yakutia.
Scientists who studied the head, dated it to over 40,000 years ago, or the end of the Pleistocene epoch.
Their analysis also revealed that the wolf was fully grown and was between 2 and 4 years old when it died.
The severed head is 16 inches (40 centimeters) long. That’s about half the size of a modern wolf’s body.
These are the first remains to be found of a well-preserved, fully grown wolf from the Pleistocene, according to the Times.
The specimen is unlike anything discovered before it. The head is in remarkably good shape – its teeth, fangs, skin and even brain tissue has been preserved by its years in the ice.
The head is to undergo plastination, a technique of replacing water and fat with plastics that prevents decay and preserves tissue for scientific purposes.
Other wolf heads have been found in the area, but this is the first one that has been discovered in such good condition with so much preserved brain tissue.
Other specimens have tended to be smaller infants.
The Yakutia area is ripe with frozen finds. In 2015 and 2017, a number of other discoveries made news including discovery of ancient cave lion cubs.
But people have previously found other remains of ancient wolves, such as a mummified wolf pup that lived over 50,000 years ago in Canada.
As the planet warms, the region is likely to yield more remains, according to Scientists.