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  • Death toll soars to 52 in Russian coal mine accident - reports

    11/25/2021 6:45:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The incident started when coal dust in a ventilation shaft caught fire on Thursday, filling the Siberian mine with smoke and killing 11. By nightfall, a failed operation to reach dozens of missing miners had turned to tragedy after several rescuers reportedly suffocated. An emergency services source told one news agency "no one is left alive". The majority of the 285 people in the the Listvyazhnaya mine, in the Kemerovo region some 3,500km (2,175 miles) east of Moscow, escaped in the immediate aftermath of the incident, at around 08:35 local time (01:35 GMT) on Thursday. Officials said 49 had been...
  • Mammoths still roamed the Earth when Egypt's pyramids were being built

    10/31/2021 5:48:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    Previous studies had indicated that while most mammoths likely died out around 10,000 years ago, a few had managed to survive in small populations on remote islands off the coast of Siberia. There had even been suggestions that some of these isolated island populations had held on until around 4,000 years ago. Now though, the results of a ten-year study involving the collection and analysis of 535 samples of sediment and permafrost from Siberia, Canada, Alaska and Scandinavia have yielded evidence to suggest that mammoths had still been roaming the wilds of mainland Siberia as recently as 3,900 years ago....
  • Free Land in Russia for Families and Churches

    09/25/2021 6:04:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    A government-sponsored program, One Hectare in Siberia, provides free distribution of real estate, about 2.5 acres, to anyone who would put it to use, and after a five year period the land is converted into one’s private property. There had been no church in the village of Kotikovo, Khabarovsk Province. The residents had little chance to build one – but when this program was put into effect, they procured a lot in the village center with an abandoned building on it and set out to make it their church. Today, the renovation is over, the new roof and dome are...
  • Vasya the cat chases away a brown bear in the woods of Eastern Siberia

    08/16/2021 5:09:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The astonishing video of a humble domestic cat winning a territory battle with a young brown bear was filmed on 31 July by a group of fishermen in the north of Irkutsk region. The friends were having a party after a day on the Angara River near Ust-Ilimsk, when a brown bear approached their camp. The predator was several metres away from the campfire, when cat Vasily, or Vasya, taken along on the trip as a companion, pounced forward and stood between the humans and the bear. The video filmed by angler Sergey Tarasov shows the puffed up cat with...
  • Two of the most well-preserved Ice Age lion cubs discovered in Siberian permafrost

    08/08/2021 1:54:40 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | 07 Aug 2021 | ALEXANDRA LARKIN
    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...
  • The Younger Dryas Impact Debate - Is It Settled Yet?

    07/01/2021 11:16:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    https://www.ancient-origins.net ^ | UPDATED 30 JUNE, 2021 - 22:58 | MARTIN SWEATMAN
    Asteroid Day this year, June 30, 2021, is 113 years after the Tunguska impact event in Siberia, which destroyed an area of pristine forest the size of Tokyo. With blasted and burnt tree trunks leveled and stripped bare over such a vast area, it is as though a large atomic bomb had been dropped on the forest. The debate still goes on in the research literature, but a popular theory is that this impact was caused by a small comet fragment, in the region of 328 feet (100 meters) in diameter, that exploded at an altitude of around 5 miles...
  • These Tiny Creatures Were Revived After 24,000 Years Frozen in The Siberian Permafrost

    06/07/2021 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | 7 JUNE 2021 | MICHELLE STARR
    One of the revived rotifers. (Michael Plewka) For tens of thousands of years, a microscopic creature lay frozen and immobile underground in the Siberian permafrost. Yet, when scientists thawed it out, the tiny multicellular animal didn't just revive - it reproduced, suggesting that there is a mechanism whereby multicellular animals can avoid cell damage during the freezing process and wake up ready to rumble. "Our report is the hardest proof as of today that multicellular animals could withstand tens of thousands of years in cryptobiosis, the state of almost completely arrested metabolism," said biologist Stas Malavin of the Soil Cryology...
  • Drone captures stunning footage of a giant reindeer ‘cyclone’ in the Arctic Circle that makes it impossible for predators to target an individual in the herd

    04/02/2021 7:49:04 PM PDT · by blueplum · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 02 Apr 2021 | Dan Avery
    Photographer Lev Fedoseyev filmed a reindeer herd stampeding in a massive spiral in northwest Russia The deer run in a ring when threatened, putting does and fawns in the center, to confuse predators This herd, in Murmansk, was spooked by a veterinarian trying to give them their anthrax vaccinations Reindeer can run 50 miles per hour and, in spring, are known to form 'super-herds' of up to 500,000
  • This Wooden Sculpture Is Twice as Old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids

    03/26/2021 7:20:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    smithsonianmag.com ^ | MARCH 24, 2021 | Nora McGreevy
    Gold prospectors first discovered the so-called Shigir Idol at the bottom of a peat bog in Russia’s Ural mountain range in 1890. The unique object—a nine-foot-tall totem pole composed of ten wooden fragments carved with expressive faces, eyes and limbs and decorated with geometric patterns—represents the oldest known surviving work of wooden ritual art in the world. More than a century after its discovery, archaeologists continue to uncover surprises about this astonishing artifact. As Thomas Terberger, a scholar of prehistory at Göttingen University in Germany, and his colleagues wrote in the journal Quaternary International in January, new research suggests the...
  • Montana Boy: Bones Show Ancestral Links to Europe

    02/24/2014 1:46:52 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 44 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | February 20, 2014 | Rex Dalton
    Despite general resistence, representatives of tribes in the US recently gave their blessing for DNA analysis of the remains of a Stone Age child. Research conducted on the boy's genes indicate that Native Americans have European roots. It must have been a pretty special child, otherwise the two-year old wouldn't have been buried in such a ceremonious manner. The boy was sprinkled with celebratory red dust and given distinctive stone artifacts for his last journey. The characteristic fluting of the stone weapons serve as archeological evidence that the boy, who died some 12,600 years ago, came from the Clovis culture....
  • Atmospheric Yakutia Through the Eyes of a Local Photographer

    02/16/2021 7:57:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Big News Network ^ | 6th February 2021
    Ice-coated outskirts, pagan New Year, roadside cafe waitresses, village schools - all this and more in local photographer Alexei Vasiliev's depiction of daily life in Russia's coldest region. Yakutia is Russia's largest region-five times the area of, for example, France. The distances between towns and villages here can stretch to 1,500-2,000 km. It is also home to the coldest place in the world, where snow can fall in June and the mercury can drop below -50C in winter. The Yakut frost and vicious mosquitoes are the stuff of legend and the subject of many online memes. Getting to Yakutia from...
  • Archaeologists Find 13,000-Year-Old Engraved Mammoth Tusk in Siberia

    09/28/2020 1:50:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | September 25, 2020 | Enrico de Lazaro
    The 13,000-year-old partial tusk of an adult mammoth found in western Siberia has four images of two-humped camels engraved on it. The artifact, which measures about 70 cm (27.6 inches) in length and 10 cm (3.9 inches) in diameter, is a frontal fragment of a 1.5-m- (59-inch-) long tusk from a 35 to 40-year-old male mammoth... The researchers radiocarbon-dated the artifact to about 13,000 years ago and spotted several incisions on it... "All four animals (labeled as #1, 2, 3 and 4 in the image above) were executed in the same style, using similar techniques and tools... The main stylistic...
  • Oymyakon, visiting the coldest town in the world.

    09/16/2020 1:13:45 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 14 replies
    From 60 Minutes Australia- Oymyakon, visiting the coldest town in the world. (14 minutes)
  • A perfectly preserved Ice Age cave bear has been found in Russia -- even its nose is intact

    09/14/2020 3:24:33 PM PDT · by packrat35 · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/14/2020 | Anna Chernova and Lianne Kolirin, CNN
    The perfectly preserved remains of an Ice Age cave bear have been discovered in the Russian Arctic -- the first example of the species ever to be found with soft tissues intact. The astonishing find was made by reindeer herders on the Lyakhovsky Islands, which are part of the New Siberian islands archipelago in Russia's Far North. The bear could be as much as 39,500 years old. Prior to this, only the bones of cave bears had been unearthed, but this specimen even had its nose intact, according to a team of scientists from the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in...
  • I love holes, but this one is just too big!

    09/01/2020 10:22:11 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 52 replies
    SS ^ | 8/30/2020 | strange sounds
    A new gigantic 50-meter deep ‘crater’ opened up in the Yamal peninsula in Russia. The new Yamal pit was spotted by chance by a Vesti Yamal TV crew en route for an unrelated event in July 2020. The gigantic hole is the latest to be discovered since the phenomenon was first registered in 2014 in northern Siberia. A group of scientists then made an expedition to examine the large cylindrical crater which has a depth of about 50 meters. Scientists who examined the site said blocks of soil and ice were flung “hundreds of metres” from the epicentre with “colossal...
  • How Neanderthals adjusted to climate change

    09/01/2020 7:48:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Archaeology News Network 'blog (from PLOS ONE) ^ | August 28, 2020 | University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
    The two researchers investigated artefacts from one of the most important Neanderthal sites in Central Europe, the Sesselfelsgrotte cave in Lower Bavaria... 'The technical repertoire used to create Keilmesser is not only direct proof of the advanced planning skills of our extinct relatives, but also a strategical reaction to the restrictions imposed upon them by adverse natural conditions,' says Uthmeier, FAU professor for Early Prehistory and Archaeology of Prehistoric Hunters and Gatherers. What Uthmeier refers to as 'adverse natural conditions' are climate changes after the end of the last interglacial more than 100,000 years ago. Particularly severe cold phases during...
  • Sledge dogs are closely related to 9,500-year-old 'ancient dog'

    06/28/2020 7:27:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 25, 2020 | University Of Copenhagen the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    'We have extracted DNA from a 9,500-year-old dog from the Siberian island of Zhokhov, which the dog is named after. Based on that DNA we have sequenced the oldest complete dog genome to date, and the results show an extremely early diversification of dogs into types of sledge dogs', says one of the two first authors of the study, PhD student Mikkel Sinding, the Globe Institute. Until now, it has been the common belief that the 9,500-year-old Siberian dog, Zhokhov, was a kind of ancient dog - one of the earliest domesticated dogs and a version of the common origin...
  • This Giant Severed Wolf Head From 40,000 Years Ago Was Unearthed in Siberia

    06/26/2020 6:22:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 26 JUNE 2020 | PETER DOCKRILL
    As our planet's permafrosts continue to melt in record-breaking heat, we can expect to find astonishing things from the ancient past. Like this huge wolf head, preserved since the last ice age and unearthed in incredible condition in Siberia in 2018, an estimated 40,000 years since being entombed in frozen wilderness. The giant head, discovered by a local man in 2018 along the shores of the Tirekhtyakh River in the Russian Republic of Sakha (aka Yakutia), measures a whole 40 centimetres in length (about 16 inches), making it unlike any existing wolf specimen scientists have studied from so long ago....
  • ‘Mutant ticks’ overwhelming hospitals in Siberia

    06/03/2020 6:30:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    7newsAU ^ | 1 June 2020 8:55 pm
    “Mutant ticks are attacking - this is not a tabloid headline but a fact,” reported Zvezda, the Russian defence ministry’s newspaper. The mutant ticks have been found in several regions of Siberia. They combine the “worst qualities” of two common types of Russian tick - Ixodes persulcatus, the taiga tick, and the “malicious” Pavlovsky or Far Eastern tick. They attack people in both long and short grass. A “large number inter-species hybrids” which produce “fertile offspring” have invaded Novosibirsk and Tomsk regions, said Dr Nina Tikhunova, of the Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine, Novosibirsk. This mutant “is capable...
  • Trump is right to ditch 5 decades of failed US-China engagement policy

    05/31/2020 9:31:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/30/2020 | Gordon Chang
    In less than nine minutes, President Trump delivered remarks at the White House on Friday signaling his administration has ditched almost five decades of the American policy of engagement with China. It’s about time. China has been challenging the United States across the board, and Trump – with his comprehensive comments Friday – signaled the United States would defend itself across the board. Trump announced a series of actions, including: 1. Terminating America’s relationship with the World Health Organization. Trump said the WHO is biased in favor of China and has failed to approve reforms arising out of its dealing...