Scientists at North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutsk, Russia, on Monday announced a finding of “great importance” — a preserved Ice Age cave bear carcass, estimated to be to be between 22,000 and 39,500 years old.
Even the bear’s nose is still intact, the university said in a statement.
The preserved bear was found by reindeer herders on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, part of the Lyakhovsky Islands archipelago in northern Russia, according to a statement from NEFU.
“Today this is the first and only find of its kind — a whole bear carcass with soft tissues,” scientist Lena Grigorieva said in a statement. “It is completely preserved, with all internal organs in place.
Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the attacks as an “act of aggression against a sovereign state,” CNN reported. On Twitter, the Russian embassy in the United States criticized the missile strikes, with Ambassador Anatoly Antonov tweeting that “The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard.”
“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented,” Antonov said. “Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.”
Syria’s Foreign Ministry called the attacks a “flagrant violation of the international law,” CNN reported.
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At least one person is reported to have died in the fire.
The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations says that the man was an employee of the shopping centre.
Two are being treated for heatstroke and another for smoke inhalation.
A man who escaped the fire said: “I was there with family.