50,000-Year-Old Extinct Cave Lion Found Frozen In Time

By | November 12, 2017

Today, we associate lions with Africa, however, millions of years ago, ancient lions traipsed across Europe, Asia, and North America.

One of these ancient cave lions, a young cub, was recently found frozen alive in the Siberian tundra of Russia, with its head still resting on its paw.

The approximately one-year-old cub was found by an Abyisky district resident in September. It is not yet clear whether the cub was male or female. It is a perfectly preserved lion cub, all the limbs have survived and there are no traces of external injuries on the skin.

Tests will be carried out on the cub to discover its exact age, but experts estimate the frozen creature is between 20,000 and 50,000 years old.

The permafrost of Siberia has just the right conditions to preserve biological specimens for tens of thousands of years.

Watch the unveiling of the cub below...

H/T The Siberian Times