Perfectly preserved 55,000-year-old cave lion cub discovered in Siberia

Scientists unearthed a perfectly preserved cave lion cub with its head still resting gently on a paw after up to 55,000 years. The cub was between six and eight weeks old when it died for unknown reasons. Cave lions – once the largest big cats on the planet – lived in cold regions from Europe to Alaska. They are most closely related to the modern lion.

Here some impressive and heart-warming pictures of this small cub:

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Perfectly preserved 55,000-year-old cave lion discovered in Siberia. via SiberianTimes
cave lion siberia, cave lion siberia picture, Perfectly preserved cave lion discovered in Siberia
Perfectly preserved cave lion cub discovered in Siberia
cave lion siberia, cave lion siberia picture, Perfectly preserved cave lion discovered in Siberia
Perfectly preserved 55,000-year-old cave lion cub discovered in Siberian permafrost
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The crawls of the cave lion cub from Siberia.
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The cave lion cub in the arms of a resercher.
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Location where the cave lion cub was found in Siberia.

The extraordinary find raises hopes of cloning the long-gone species back to life. Well that’s another weird idea of some mad scientists.

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