Laboratory of Theriology — Department of the history of theriofauna (osteology)

Department of the history of theriofauna unites specialists on the taxonomy, zoogeography, and morphology of modern and Pleistocene large mammals, such as mammoths and other representatives of the extinct mammoth fauna , modern and fossil predatory and ungulate mammals. Traditional morphological studies of Pleistocene species are at present supplemented with innovative studies of taxonomy and phylogeny with the use of ancient DNA in cooperation with prominent foreign specialists from leading European and American laboratories. As a result, fundamentally new views on the evolution of cave bears and their wide distribution in Asia were formed; the existence of the domestic dog already in Paleolithic. Staff of the department takes part in archeological excavations of Paleolithic sites in different regions of Russia and the former USSR and in numerous independent expeditions devoted to search of remnants of the “mammoth fauna”, mainly in the Arctic.


Alexei V. Abramov (Leading Researcher, Doctor of Biological Sciences)

Gennady F. Baryshnikov (Principal Researcher, Doctor of Biological Sciences)

Ekaterina A. Petrova (Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Mikhail V. Sablin (Senior Researcher, Candidate of Biological Sciences)

Yuliya A. Shemyakina (Senior Collection Keeper)