During an expedition to the Astrakhan region, paleontologists discovered a natural burial of a bison skeleton, which is uniquely preserved and contains remnants of muscle tissue - an ideal basis for DNA research. This was reported on Friday by the regional ministry of culture and tourism.
"Scientists examined the main type localities of the bone remains of prehistoric mammals washed out during the flood from the coastal outcrops of the Volga from Cherny Yar to Salt Zaimishche, as well as near the village of Nikolskoye. As part of the expedition, a natural burial of the skeleton of a bison, probably a female, was found. due to the peculiarities of the soils - a mixture of sand, clay and peat - partial mummification took place, due to which muscle tissue was preserved. Samples of it will be sent to the Southern Scientific Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences to establish age dating, DNA research. The age of the fossils is from 100 to 130 thousand years. ", - the message says.
The researchers also collected numerous bone remains of Pleistocene bison, deer, horses and Elasmotherium rhinoceroses. The collected paleontological material was sent to the taxidermy laboratory of the museum-reserve for urgent work on the conservation and restoration of fossils. In the fall, it is planned to organize a new expedition to the northern regions of the Astrakhan region, the press service said.