It is well known among the archaeological circle that Siberia is one of the best places to look back on history.
Teams of fossil hunters in Siberia come across species and their carcasses from thousands of years ago.
The best part about finding something here is that it remains mostly intact and in good condition.
This time, they came across a forty six thousand year old carcass of a bird that was still intact.
The feathers and talons on the species were still in place which is remarkable for something that is so old.
Let’s learn all about this finding and what implications it has.
The Forty Six Thousand Year Old Bird With Feathers And Talons Intact
Recently, a team of local archaeologists and fossil hunters found an interesting specimen in North-eastern Siberia.
It was an interesting discovery of a forty six thousand year old bird that still had its feathers and talons.
This mummified bird was classified as Eremophila Alpestris or more commonly known as the horned lark. A predecessor to a couple of species found today.
Examining the genes of this historical find and sequencing the genome will allow the researchers to get more clarity on the evolution of the lark species.
The bird had died during the last ice age and was found 23 feet under the ground.
Teams searching for fossils inside an ice tunnel came across this intact carcass and it was sent right away for examination.
The specimen on this incredible find was sent to Yakutsk and registered into the Sakha Academy for further studies.
What Experts Had To Say
Love Dalen who is a professional in evolutionary genetics was one of the people to have examined this fossil.
His take on the story provided further insights about ancient history during ice age time and how it affected the evolution process.
He said that the finding tells us about climatic change towards the end of an ice age that resulted in new species being formed.
The finding of this preserved bird can provide us with insights into how the world was back during the last ice age and how species at the time reacted to the change.
According to the co-author of the study, Nicolas Dussex, The findings in Siberia will open doors to understand the evolution of ice age fauna and how the responses to climate change were fifty thousand years ago.