Two Ice age lion cubs were found in Russia's Sakha Republic last August in a near-perfect state thanks to the deep-freeze conditions where they lay. The ice age cave lionis closely related to modern African and Asian lions. The species roamed Eurasia and North America but died out about 10,000 years ago, for unknown reasons, as they were the apex predator of the times.
Until the recent discovery, only portions of cave lions have been found, such as bones and teeth, according to the Siberian times. But the cubs are so well-preserved that they still have their fur, according to the news site.
Researchers hope to find living tissues containing DNA in the remains, which will allow them to recreate the now extinct Ice Age cave lion.
The project is a joint venture by Russian and South Korean scientists at the Joint Foundation of Molecular Paleontology at North East Russia University in the city of Yakutsk.
Semyon Grigoriev, who is involved in the lion cub project, is also working on cloning a mammoth using the same process.