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'Prehistoric' mummified bear discovered in Siberian permafrost isn't what we thought


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So the real mystery is why the brown bear was there to begin with. Probably could have floated on a log. Or if the sea froze over, it could have just walked there.

Island looks far enough north that I suspect the ocean could have frozen to allow the bear to get to the island.

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1 hour ago, DieChecker said:

So the real mystery is why the brown bear was there to begin with. Probably could have floated on a log. Or if the sea froze over, it could have just walked there.

Island looks far enough north that I suspect the ocean could have frozen to allow the bear to get to the island.

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Frozen ocean. :tu:

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The island is currently separated from the mainland by around 31 miles (50 kilometers) of water, so the most likely explanation is that brown bears moved to the island when it was still connected by sea ice during the Last Glacial Maximum, according to Reuters. But if this was the case, then researchers would have expected to find many more brown bear remains on the island, which is a hotspot for paleontological treasures, including mammoth remains.

https://www.livescience.com/prehistoric-mummified-bear-discovered-in-siberian-permafrost-isnt-what-we-thought

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On 3/3/2023 at 12:52 PM, DieChecker said:

So the real mystery is why the brown bear was there to begin with. Probably could have floated on a log. Or if the sea froze over, it could have just walked there.

Island looks far enough north that I suspect the ocean could have frozen to allow the bear to get to the island.

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Not much of a story, I guess.  

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But where’s the evidence?
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Due to what evidence did they decide it is more "modern"?  Seems as though it likely isn't, given the location.  A quick search states that, while it is untested, bears can sometimes swim 9-10 miles.  31 seems a bit far. 

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