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  • Russian premier poses for his latest action shots diving and fishing on Siberian holiday

    08/05/2017 5:39:24 AM PDT · by mairdie · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 Aug 2017 | Rebecca Taylor
    It's not the first time the outdoors adventureman has taken a break to the Siberian mountains. The Russian premier visits the Tuva region regularly, even though it is not a big draw for many tourists. And he usually opts to go shirtless here, as in 2009, the famous photo of him riding a horse without his top on was taken. Political analysts say the president takes adventure holidays to show the nation that he is still healthy, strong and full of vigor.
  • Beaver's teeth 'used to carve the oldest wooden statue in the world'

    07/10/2017 6:05:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    The Siberian Times ^ | 15 June 2017
      Beaver's teeth 'used to carve the oldest wooden statue in the world' By The Siberian Times reporter 15 June 2017 Dating back 11,000 years - with a coded message left by ancient man from the Mesolithic Age - the Shigir Idol is almost three times as old as the Egyptian pyramids. Two years ago German scientists dated the Idol as being 11,000 years old. Picture: The Siberian Times New scientific findings suggest that images and hieroglyphics on the wooden statue were carved with the jaw of a beaver, its teeth intact. Originally dug out of a peat bog by...
  • Siberia's 'doorway to the Underworld' Is Getting So Big It's Uncovering Ancient Forests

    02/25/2017 7:40:58 PM PST · by combat_boots · 29 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 2/25/2017 | FIONA MACDONALD
    A doorway to 200,000 years ago. It's no secret that Siberia's permafrost has been on thin ice lately. Conditions are varying so much that huge holes are appearing out of nowhere, and, in some places, tundra is quite literally bubbling underneath people's feet. But new research has revealed that one of the biggest craters in the region, known by the local Yakutian people as the 'doorway to the underworld', is growing so rapidly that it's uncovering long-buried forests, carcasses, and up to 200,000 years of historical climate records. Known as the Batagaika crater, it's what's officially called a 'megaslump' or...
  • WATCH: In The War Between Tigers And Drone, Chalk One Up For Tigers

    02/25/2017 2:19:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | February 23, 2017
    Never underestimate a tiger, no matter how fat. It's an enduring truth we'd all do well to remember — and one that attendants at a tiger enclosure at the Siberian Tiger Park in China's Heilongjiang province have learned all over again. They scrambled a flying drone to catch the attention of some of the, let's say, bigger big cats and get them some exercise. Trouble is, the tigers managed to track down the drone and bat it out of the air. Then, naturally, the Siberian tigers tried to eat it. Number Of Wild Tigers Increases For First Time In 100...
  • First sign of obesity in Arctic people [snip] remote tribes are exposed to instant noodles and pasta

    02/21/2017 6:02:38 AM PST · by Daffynition · 41 replies
    DailyMail ^ | Feb 20, 2017 | Will Stewart
    The first-ever cases of obesity have been recorded among nomadic Arctic reindeer herders, after they became exposed to instant noodles and other junk foods. Russian scientists are warning about the dramatic change in the Nenets and Khanty peoples on the icy Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia, who for centuries had eaten only traditional foods. A diet based on venison and fresh river fish meant that obesity was unknown among these indigenous peoples, but now outside influences are changing everything.
  • Mummified lion cubs in Siberian deep freeze

    02/07/2017 11:09:47 AM PST · by fishtank · 43 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | April 2017 | Phil Robinson
    Mummified lion cubs in Siberian deep freeze by Phil Robinson Two extinct Eurasian cave lion cubs have been recovered from permafrost on the bank of the Uyandina River, Siberia. Flooding and landslides along the river’s banks in the summer of 2015 revealed an ice lens in which the cubs’ remains were spotted. They are thought to have been only a week or two old at death, as their baby teeth had not yet erupted. But they were the size of full-grown domestic cats.
  • World's largest sawdust dump is on fire 'and will burn for years'

    07/26/2016 8:01:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | July 25, 2016
    World's largest sawdust dump is on fire 'and will burn for years' By The Siberian Times reporter 25 July 2016 Greenpeace concern as firefighters say they cannot extinguish 3 year blaze with smoke visible from space. The mountain of sawdust is the size of more than 800 Olympic swimming pools at a site in the Ust-Kutsky district of Irkutsk region. A council spokesman said: 'It is now impossible to extinguish dump with such an amount of sawdust. 'Obviously, it will keep burning for a few more years.' It has remained aflame winter and summer for around three years - and...
  • Russia Looks to Populate Its Far East. Wimps Need Not Apply

    07/14/2016 12:42:46 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 49 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JULY 14, 2016 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page Share Tweet Email More | ANDREW HIGGINS
    KAMEN-RYBOLOV, Russia — Standing ankle deep in mud in a swampy grassland more than 4,000 miles from his home, Yuri A. Bugaev surveyed a mosquito-infested wasteland that the Russian government is offering to would-be pioneers under its own modern-day version of the 1862 Homestead Act in the United States. “This is not really what I had in mind,” said Mr. Bugaev, who had traveled across seven time zones from St. Petersburg, Russia, to scout the possibilities for settlers in the country’s sparsely populated Far East, a territory roughly two-thirds the size of the United States. The nine Far Eastern regions...
  • 24,000-Year-Old Body Is Kin to Both Europeans and American Indians

    11/20/2013 2:33:43 PM PST · by mandaladon · 51 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Nov 2013 | NICHOLAS WADE
    The genome of a young boy buried at Mal’ta near Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia some 24,000 years ago has turned out to hold two surprises for anthropologists. The first is that the boy’s DNA matches that of Western Europeans, showing that during the last Ice Age people from Europe had reached farther east across Eurasia than previously supposed. Though none of the Mal’ta boy’s skin or hair survive, his genes suggest he would have had brown hair, brown eyes and freckled skin. The second surprise is that his DNA also matches a large proportion — some 25 percent —...
  • Meet Lyuba

    06/27/2016 6:27:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/27/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Just hope that the current interglacial period will last for a few more decades to come. Anything else would spell disaster for much of mankind! Lyuba, of course, is the name bestowed upon the baby mammoth that was found a few years ago in the western Siberian tundra. The baby woolly mammoth is thought to be around 40,000 years old (by now) and is thought to have died by drowning at the age of two months. What’s so remarkable is Lyuba’s state of preservation, almost life-like, with skin and (sparse) hair fully intact. That kind of find is most uncommon.
  • Putin: Free land in Russia’s far east

    05/05/2016 8:05:47 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 38 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/16 | Shoshana Miskin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law offering a hectare (2.5 acres) of land for free in Russia's Far East. The move, which is open to all Russian citizens, aims to boost the population and the economy in the vast remote region. Estimates by Russia's Minister for the Development of the Far East, Aleksandr Galushka, predicts that the project could increase the region's population to 36 million people, from the current 6.4 million. According to the bill, the land will be free of payment or tax for five years and may be used for any lawful purpose. However,...
  • Russia offers free land to all citizens willing to move to the Far East

    05/04/2016 10:22:49 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 100 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Ishaan Tharoor | May 4 at 4:00 AM
    Call it the Muscovite version of "manifest destiny." On Monday, President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill that offers every Russian citizen a tract of land in their country's remote Far East. "All citizens will be entitled to apply for up to hectare of land in the Kamchatka, Primorye, Khabarovsk, Amur, Magadan and Sakhalin regions, the republic of Sakha, or the Jewish and Chukotka autonomous districts," the Moscow Times reports. This is a vast stretch of territory spanning the upper Arctic reaches near Alaska, down to islands off the coast of Japan and deep into the Siberian hinterland. Those...
  • Unicorn Found in Siberia! Will Flying Pigs Be Next?

    03/29/2016 1:16:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    Okay, you can stop making all those unicorn jokes now: Dreams do come true – sort of. According to a study published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences, the Siberian unicorn – Elasmotherium sibiricum – last walked the Earth about 29,000 years ago. Scientists previously thought the creature with the partially mythical name died out about 350,000 years ago, but a newly discovered fossilized skull reveals it lived here much more recently.The skull was found in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan, and scientists hope it will help shed light on how some members of the species apparently were able...
  • A fossilised skull has revealed when the last 'Siberian unicorn' lived on Earth

    03/28/2016 1:54:16 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 27 MAR 2016 | JOSH HRALA
    For decades, scientists have estimated that the Siberian unicorn - a long-extinct species of mammal that looked more like a rhino than a horse - died out some 350,000 years ago, but a beautifully preserved skull found in Kazakhstan has completely overturned that assumption. Turns out, these incredible creatures were still around as recently as 29,000 years ago. Before we talk about the latest discovery, yes, there was a very real 'unicorn' that roamed Earth tens of thousands of years ago, but it was nothing like the one found in your favourite children’s book. (Sorry - it’s a bummer for...
  • Reading An Ancient Bond In The Look Of Puppy Love

    03/06/2016 5:39:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    University of Alberta ^ | March 1, 2016 | Geoff McMaster
    The irresistible gaze of "puppy-dog eyes" has roots in thousands of years of human evolution alongside domesticated dogs, says anthropologist Robert Losey. Anyone who owns a dog is familiar with the "gaze" -- that hypnotic, imploring stare that demands reciprocation. It can seem to hold a world of mystery and longing, or just pure bafflement at what makes humans tick. It turns out that the look of mutual recognition between human and dog reflects thousands of years of evolution, a bond programmed into our very body chemistry. Last spring a research team in Japan discovered that both species release a...
  • [Earthquake] M7.2 - 91km N of Yelizovo, Russia

    01/30/2016 9:18:08 AM PST · by JimSEA · 12 replies
    USGS ^ | 1/30/2016 | USGS
    The January 30, 2016 M 7.2 earthquake beneath the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia occurred as the result of oblique-normal faulting at a depth of 180 km. At the location of this earthquake, the Pacific plate is moving towards the west-northwest with respect to the North America and Eurasia plates at a rate of approximately 77 mm/yr. Note that some authors divide this region into several microplates that together define the relative motions between the larger Pacific, North America and Eurasia plates; these include the Okhotsk and Amur microplates that are respectively part of North America and Eurasia. The depth and...
  • Hermit Meets 21st Century After Being Flown To Siberian Hospital

    01/18/2016 11:46:38 AM PST · by Decombobulator · 31 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 01/17/2016
    A 70-year-old hermit who has spent her entire life in the Siberian wilderness has been introduced to the 21st century after being airlifted to a hospital for leg pain. Agafya Lykova was born in the wilderness after her family fled civilization in 1936, The Guardian reported. On Wednesday she called for help using an emergency satellite phone and said she had pain in her leg, according to a release from the Kemerovo regional government. Lykova's remarkable story first surfaced in the late 1970s after geologists flying overhead discovered her remote family, the Siberian Times reported. When contacted, her family reportedly...
  • A Mysterious Mammoth Carcass Could Change Human History

    01/14/2016 8:42:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 108 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 01/14/2016 | Maddie Stone
    The carcass was remarkably well preserved, but something was clearly wrong. A rounded hole through the interior jugal. Deep incisions along the ribs. Dents in the left scapula. A broken mandible. This 45,000 year-old mammoth's life ended violently at the hands of hunters. That wouldn't be surprising-it's well known that Pleistocene humans were expert mammoth killers=but for the location. It was excavated from a permafrost embankment at Yenisei bay, a remote spot in central Siberia where a massive river empties into the Arctic Ocean. That makes this brutalized mammoth the oldest evidence for human expansion into the high Arctic by...
  • Merry (Western) Christmas from Siberia (where Santa is not always red!)

    01/01/2016 7:03:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    The Siberian Times ^ | 24 December 2015
    Merry (Western) Christmas from Siberia (where Santa is not always red!) By The Siberian Times reporter 24 December 2015 Seasonal greetings from the east of Russia where there are no less than seven different Father Christmas figures to bring joy to children in winter.  Best known across Russia is Grandfather Frost - or Ded Moroz - often carries a magical staff. Picture: Anna Permyakova All of them look old, with flowing white beards, and mostly have long histories, possibly reaching back to pagan times, but each is distinct, covering their own territory. Intriguingly, most are accompanied by glamorous snow maidens. Quite...
  • Dead man talking: conscript comes back to life after 10 years (Russia/Kamchatka)

    12/21/2015 6:52:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | December 16, 2015
    Dead man talking: conscript comes back to life after 10 years By The Siberian Times reporter 16 December 2015 Leonid Durkin, 30, shows how easy it is to vanish while living near to people. 'What does a person needs to be happy? To have own home and family, nothing else.' Picture: NTV This is the first picture of the army deserter who disappeared for more than a decade, and was declared dead by his own family. His death certificate was issued in 2005 after his father mistakenly identified a corpse as being him. All the time, he was living incognito in woodland...