The ancient cubs, which have been found in the permafrost in the Yakutia region, Russia, are the best-preserved representatives of the species Panthera spelaea that became extinct thousands of years before. Experts claim Uyan and Dina probably perished 12 thousand years ago in consequence of a landslide and their grave was never disturbed by weather.
As Dr Albert Protopopov, head of the mammoth fauna studies departmentof the Yakutian Academy of Sciences said: “The cubs ‘are complete with all their body parts: fur, ears, soft tissue and even whiskers’. They are, he claimed, unique in the world, the most complete remains of cave lions ever found.”
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