Dubbed the “monster mummy”, it was found in a remote area of Siberia by terrified diamond miners who first thought it was some sort of reptilian beast usually found trotting around in the prehistoric era.
But experts are none-the-wiser and their conclusions about the body are equally outlandish.
The bizarre discovery was made in sands at Udachny, some 1160 miles north west of regional capital Yakutsk.
“The diamond miners who unearthed it believe the ‘monster mummy’ is a previously unknown kind of dinosaur”
“The diamond miners who unearthed it believe the ‘monster mummy’ is a previously unknown kind of dinosaur,” according to The Siberian Times
Scientists’ theories suggest the mini-monster could be a wolverine – a carnivorous mammal that resembles a small bear or a sable or marten.
The mystery animal is due to be transported to a lab for a thorough examination.
Results will be made available within weeks.
The sands where the body was unearthed 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 322ft underground to create the basin for a tailings dam for the diamond mine where the creature was found.
Today’s climate in the area is extreme sub-arctic.
Average temperatures are from minus 43.6C to minus 35.2C in January.
Maybe a bad head cold killed the monster. Should have wrapped up warm.