A few years ago, some investigators discovered a pair of small animals in Russia’s Sakha Republic.
Initially, the investigators were slightly befuddled as to what kind of creature they had come across, however, after taking a closer look; they found out that they were actually cave lion cubs.
What’s even more interesting about this find is that these cave lion cubs belonged to a species that has been extinct for more than 12,000 years.
The investigators claimed that the extinct cubs were perfectly preserved. When they found them, their paws were over their head as if they were resting.
The investigators were quite surprised to see how perfectly preserved these cubs were, as if someone had took the time to place them like a preserved animal inside a museum.
After performing some tests on these small creatures, the scientists found out that the age of these cubs was not more than eight to ten weeks. What they were not able to figure out however was – how they died.
This was particularly interesting as the area where they discovered the extinct cubs was frozen permanently and its conditions actually helped to prevent the creature’s body from decaying.
Named Dina and Uyan, these extinct cubs have undergone a plethora of examinations and tests from renowned scientists, who claim that there is much more to come.
What The Scientists Are Planning
Several scientists have expressed their interest in attempting to bring this species back.
It is unclear if their purpose to bring it back is only to prove that cloning is successful or something else. Suffice to say, we are living in extremely interesting times.
If you have seen a few films from the science fiction genre, you will instantly be able to tell how so many of the things predicted in them are actually closer to reality than we would have imagined.
From the video games predicted in children sci-fi cartoon The Jetsons to the flat screen televisions that almost every science fiction movie in the 80s and 90s predicted, it has all come true.
What has not come true so far is – bringing a species of extinct animals to life as Jurassic Park predicted.
However, with the rapidly evolving science and technology, you can expect extinct species cloning to become successful in the near future too. Maybe these extinct cave lions will be the first cloning success story.