Ice Age Bear Found Intact in Melting Permafrost
They say this bear, with soft tissue, organs, soft nose and all, died almost 40,000 years ago. Is that credible?
When thinking of fossils, one doesn’t usually think of hair, skin, and internal organs. If you remember the puppy found frozen in the Russian arctic (3 December 2019) last year, said to be 18,000 years old, this discovery outdoes that one by creature size, immaculate preservation and assumed age. The scientists are flabbergasted at this first-ever discovery of a whole bear found in melting permafrost, with all its internal organs intact and even its nose soft and completely preserved. It looks like it died a few months ago. How did it get quick-frozen? How did it last up to 39,400 years in such a condition?
Bear from Ice Age found ‘completely preserved’ in Russian Arctic (BBC News). “The immaculately preserved remains of an Ice Age-era bear have been unearthed by reindeer herders in the Russian Arctic, researchers have said.”
With its teeth and nose intact, the bear is thought to be a species of brown bear that lived 22,000 to 39,500 years ago….
Dr Lena Grigorieva, a palaeontology researcher at the university, said the bear was “the first and only find of its kind” to be recovered in once piece with “soft tissue”.
“It is completely preserved, with all internal organs in place, even including its nose,” Dr Grigorieva said.
They’re calling this an “unprecedented” discovery of “great importance to the world,” because usually only bones of cave bears are preserved. Millions of bones of mammoths and mastodons have been uncovered in the Arctic permafrost for centuries.
First ever preserved grown up cave bear – even its nose is intact – unearthed on the Arctic island (Siberian Times). More pictures are shown of the bear in this article, including one of a cub found nearby. The researchers dish out the usual ages in Darwin Years nonchalantly.
The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) is a prehistoric species or subspecies that lived in Eurasia in the Middle and Late Pleistocene period and became extinct about 15,000 years ago.
According to the rough preliminary suggestions the bear could live in Karginsky interglacial (this was the period between 22,000 and 39,500 years).
‘It is necessary to carry out radiocarbon analysis to determine the precise age of the bear,’ said senior researcher Maxim Cheprasov from the Mammoth Museum laboratory in Yakutsk.
As reported recently, radiocarbon calibration becomes more unreliable the farther back in time one goes (20 Aug 2020). It has enough uncertainties to fit any story, but cannot exceed 150,000 years because of the short half-life of carbon 14.
Scientists will undoubtedly fit this bear into their Darwinian timeline for the Ice Age (or ages), because they have to. But look at the remains: they look like they just came out of the freezer. A lot could have happened in 22,000 years minimum (let alone 39,500 years). It’s reasonable to assume that this is not the first warm period in that long time span. Local warm periods, if they occurred, would have rotted the carcass quickly before freezing again. Can one really expect flesh to remain intact this well in ice for tens of thousands of years? Evolutionists may exclaim, “Well, obviously it can, because it’s there.” Notice the circular reasoning?
Don’t just swallow what evolutionists tell you about long ages. Look at this bear with your own eyes and use your critical thinking skills. Like we said with the frozen puppy discovery last year, you couldn’t expect anything to be this well preserved in a deep freezer within your own lifetime, let alone tens of thousands of years. Given the extreme conditions in Siberia, we could allow a few thousand years, say maybe back to the time after Noah’s Flood, but not tens of thousands. Recall that these same Darwinists claim that dinosaur soft tissue—even DNA—can last for tens of millions of years! Nobody alive today has experienced tens of thousands of years, let alone tens of millions. Who is pushing credibility beyond the red line here?
We should take seriously the only written record of what happened to the early Earth: the Creator’s own message in Genesis. Jesus believed it. Paul and Peter believed it. Throughout church history, Jews and Christians believed it. Within a Creation and Flood chronology, extreme conditions could have occurred to flash-freeze large mammals like mastodons, woolly mammoths and cave bears. The conditions of these fossils indicate that the animals were at ease, going about their lives in a temperate environment, when a catastrophe struck and immediately changed the climatic conditions to cause permanent freezing. Creationists have come up with a few models to simulate what might have happened. One thing is for certain: this is not indicative of uniformitarianism! If this had been a long process of turning temperate conditions to permafrost over many years, the animals would have just moved away. It appears they were all frozen together in one sudden event that caught them by surprise.
Notice too that the evolutionists are surprisingly quiet about their own theories for how these mammals became buried and frozen extremely rapidly before their internal organs decayed. They’ve had a lot of time to think about it. Don’t let them swipe the problem away with their favorite catch-all answer, “climate change.”