Scientists find exquisitely preserved ancient Siberian cave lion cubs in permafrost

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Infant lost its mother but 43,500 years later gives remarkable evidence that cavemen in prehistoric Europe were RIGHT to draw the species with spots. Scientists examining recently found cave lion cub Spartak, dug from the permafrost, say they have made an unexpected discovery about the extinct species. Dr Alexei Tikhonov, head of the Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said: ‘We see that this lion cub is spotted. ‘And we know that in ancient cave drawings some ancient lions were depicted with spots. ‘It used to be thought that the Palaeolithic artists decided to simply put on these spots. ‘Now it can be argued that, at least in the fur of cubs, they really were.’

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