Bizarre ‘monster mummy’ unearthed by Russian miners baffles experts

The mummified remains of a bizarre creature uncovered by Russian miners in Siberia has experts baffled over its identity and eager to study it more closely.

The miners who made the discovery in the sands of a diamond mine in Udachny of the Sakha Republic told The Siberian Times they believed the "monster mummy" is a previously unknown kind of dinosaur.

The strange creature is being transported to the regional capital of Yakutsk, 1,160 miles to the southeast, where it will be examined further.

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The animal was found in diamondiferous sands in the town which date from the Mesozoic Era from about 252 to 66 million years ago.

The town is famous for the Udachnaya pipe diamond deposit, discovered in 1955, and mined since the 1960s. In 1974 a 1.7 kiloton atomic bomb was detonated 98 metres (322 ft) underground to create the basin for a tailings dam for the diamond mine.

Today’s climate in the area is extreme sub-arctic. Average temperatures are from minus 43.6C (minus 46.5 F) to minus 35.2C (minus 31.4F) in January.

The cold, dry climate could have helped preserve the monster mummy, according to the Daily Mail, which said "it looks like a creature from another world."

Experts believe it could be a fox, pine marten or otter, the Daily Mail said.

"One theory is a wolverine, a carnivorous mammal that resembles a small bear," The Siberian Times wrote. "Or could it be a sable or marten? For now, no one is sure."

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A trapper from Fairbanks, Alaska, commenting on The Siberian Times' post, believes it is a marten, saying "they look just like this after they're skinned."

Another commenter from Hungary guessed "snow panther," and someone from Italy said, "search Google for otter skull and compare."

By comparing skulls, it very well could be an otter or marten, though we're pretty sure it isn't a newly discovered dinosaur.

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