Steppe saiga fossils found on Taimyr

Steppe saiga fossils found on Taimyr

August 21, 2023

Scientists wonder how the animal survived in the harsh conditions of the tundra steppe.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the Hatanga bay, researchers for the first time found a fossil of the steppe saiga antelope (saiga). The discovery was made by scientists from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) together with colleagues from the All-Russian Research Geological Institute.

Saigas. Photo: AARI

The remains are about 20 thousand years old – the animal lived in the Arctic during the era of maximum cooling, TASS reports with reference to the AARI. At that time, mammoths and other representatives of the glacial fauna became extinct. Scientists have to find out how an animal that today lives in the steppes and semi-steppes could survive in the harsh conditions of the tundra-steppes. At the same time, due to warming, antelopes migrated to the southern regions of Eurasia.

Earlier, in the north of Krasnoyarsk region, scientists discovered a colony of badgers. Biologists have found that prehistoric giant sharks lived in the Arctic. Also, we wrote that carnivorous mushrooms from the time of dinosaurs were found in Taimyr amber.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Denis Kozhevnikov and AARI

August 21, 2023

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