The New Wilderness

Rosa Lyster writes:

R ecently,​ reindeer herders in the Russian Arctic discovered the perfectly preserved body of an Ice Age cave bear surging out of the Siberian permafrost. Cave bear skeletons have been unearthed before, but this was the first carcass to be found with soft tissue and internal organs still intact. The bear still has all its teeth, its fur, its evil-looking nose, perfectly designed for snuffling the air in front of your face as you huddle terrified against the back wall of your cave. Scientists estimate the carcass is between 22,000 and 39,500 years old.

(LRB 05 Nov 2020)

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