This Week In History News, June 9 – 15

Published June 14, 2019

Preserved 40,000-year-old wolf head unearthed, Russian Chernobyl series in the works, gate from the time of King David discovered.

Perfectly Preserved 40,000-Year-Old Wolf Head Found In Siberian Permafrost

Siberian Wolf Head

Albert ProtopopovScientists estimate that the wolf lived 40,000 years ago.

You never know what you might encounter during a casual stroll in Siberia. Local resident, Pavel Efimov, was walking along the Tirekhtyakh River in the Russian Republic of Sakha when he came across something bizarre: a severed wolf head. But upon closer examination by experts, they found that it wasn’t just the head of any kind of wolf, but that of a prehistoric predator which lived 40,000 years ago during the Ice Age.

“This is a unique discovery of the first ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue preserved,” said paleontologist Albert Protopopov from the Republic of Sakha Academy of Sciences.

The head, which measures 16 inches in length and is larger than half the body length of a modern-day wolf, is astonishingly well-preserved with its fangs, thick fur, soft tissue, and brain intact.

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Russian State TV To Air Its Own Chernobyl Show That Blames The CIA For The Meltdown

Aerial View Of Reactor 4 In 1986

SHONE/GAMMA/Gamma-Rapho/Getty ImagesView of the Chernobyl plant after the explosion. April 26, 1986.

With HBO’s Chernobyl drawing renewed interest in the 1986 nuclear disaster that devastated the Soviet city of Pripyat, Russian state TV is now set to produce their own take on the subject — one that claims the CIA was at least partially to blame.

Russia’s NTV channel will air a series, likewise called Chernobyl, that will promote a “patriotic” view of the disaster. Namely, the series will follow a CIA agent sent to Chernobyl to gather intelligence on the plant as Soviet agents attempt to counter his efforts.

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Ancient Gate From The Time Of King David Discovered In The Biblical City Of Bethsaida

Ruins Of Bethsaida

The ruins of the ancient city of Bethsaida in the Golan Heights, where archaeologists just discovered a gate dating back to the rule of King David.

After more than three decades of excavation efforts in the ancient site of Bethsaida in the Golan Heights, archaeologists have unearthed something miraculous: a city gate that dates back to the time of King David, who historians believe ruled the lands between the 11th to 10th centuries B.C.

The discovery provides a rare glimpse into the ancient civilizations of the Levant and has forever altered what researchers knew about the ancient kingdom of Israel.

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