Bringing back the Cave Lion

Cave Lion Cloning
Cave Lion Cloning

After finding two extinct, 12,000 year old, near perfect, deep-freeze Ice Age lion cubs in Russia’s Sakha Republic last August, scientists are now attempting to find living tissues containing DNA in the remains in hopes of cloning the cave lion back from extinction.

Until fairly recently Eurasia used to have mammoths, elephants, lions, hyenas, giant polar bears, rhinos, as well as animals currently living like brown bears, wolves, and tigers. Even in Britian specifically, lions, hyenas, mammoths, and rhinos roamed freely.

Russian and South Korean scientists are combining forces at the Joint Foundation of Molecular Paleontology at North East Russia University in the city of Yakutsk. The prehistoric pair of cave lion cubs are named Uyan and Dina. One of these two cubs will be used for the cloning attempt, the other will be part of the Mammoth Museum’s collection. One of the lion cloning scientists, Semyon Grigoriev, is also working on cloning a mammoth using the same process.

There is already a Pleistocene Park established in Russia:

Pleistocene Park is a nature reserve on the Kolyma River south of Chersky in the Sakha Republic, Russia, in northeastern Siberia, where an attempt is being made to recreate the northern subarctic steppe grassland ecosystem that flourished in the area during the last glacial period.


Is it likely that, if cloning attempts are successful, prehistoric Pleistocene Epoch animals like woolly rhinos, mammoths, and cave lions will one again roam Asia and Europe in special preserve parks?

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