Two Ice Age cave lion cubs discovered in Russia

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Two Ice Age cave lion cubs discovered in Russia

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Well preserved remains with fur intact gives researchers more detailed information on the species.
The mummified remains of two cave lion cubs were discovered in Russia, and the recently unveiled specimens may be the best examples of cave lion mummies in the world.

Boris, the male cub, was found in 2017 when Boris Berezhnev, a local resident and licensed mammoth tusk collector, was searching for mammoth tusks along the Semyuelyakh River in Siberia. The cub is around 43,448 years old.

Just a year later in 2018, a female cub was found about 15 meters away. Researchers named her Sparta, and she is roughly 27,962 years old. Both cubs were discovered around 10 to 12 meters deep and are around the size of an adult house cat. The cubs were only one or two months old when they were mummified.
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Read about this the other day, truly astonishing to think these animals lived 50 thousand years ago.
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Astonishing indeed. How were they able to live in the ice? You know the ice that is always there and the ice that the eco terrorists say is melting and it's a bad thing.
So does this mean that animals and plant life will return to those areas covered in ice?
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That's pretty cool. Looks like if you poked them, they would growl at you.
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I was wondering why they perished - runt? Lack of food?
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Fancy wrote: Aug 13th, 2021, 6:20 pm I was wondering why they perished - runt? Lack of food?
Since predators and other critters left them alone after they died my best guess is their cave entrance was buried by an avalanche.
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May be why Ice Age and Lion King haven't combined franchises. :cry:
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