An interesting discovery was made on the ice under the ground in Siberia. A 46,000-year-old unspoiled bird sample was unearthed. According to scientists, the bird found that in the mummified remains of the bird species that they described as horned lark, the ancestor of two lark species, their feathers and claws were intact.
The 46,000-year-old bird, which is an important discovery because it is the first known intact bird sample found in this cold area of Siberia, shows that new subspecies were formed due to the climate changes that occurred at the end of the last Ice Age.
An Intact Unique Example
The bird species found by local fossil hunters near the village of Belaya Gora in northeastern Siberia was found at a depth of 23 feet (7,104 meters) in the Siberian ice tunnel. On the other hand, the Tundra creates an environment under the frozen layers that will ensure that animal remains remain intact for thousands of years.
The bird, found according to scientists, is also said to be in quite good condition, despite being 46 thousand years old. Researchers will find out how the animal evolved by examining the bird’s genes.
Response to Climate Change
There is a reason why this small and fragile bird species, which has survived since the ice age, has nothing in its feathers and paws, is intact. It shows that dirt and mud are accumulated in stages, and the ground is more stable, keeping the remains of the bird.
It is said by scientists that there will be new opportunities to examine the evolution of the bird in the ice age fauna and to understand how it reacted 50-10 thousand years ago, subject to climate change.