Mammoths of the
Lake Issyk-Kul basin:
paleo-detective research
During the Ice Age, the mammoth's range covered almost the entire northern part of Eurasia and North America, including the islands of the Arctic and Pacific Oceans. Direct evidence of the existence of this land giant in such vast territories is extremely numerous fossil remains - bones, teeth, sometimes skeletons and even whole carcasses.
Mammoth skull findspot near the village of Orlinoe, Aksu district, Issyk-Kul region. Excavations and extraction.
The project "Mammoths of the Lake Issyk-Kul basin: a paleo-detective research" will focus on the study of mammoth remains from Lake Issyk-Kul locations, which will allow to find out their morphological features, paleoecology, taphonomy and habitat conditions.
Findspot (2022.) near the village Karakol, Aksu district, Issyk-Kul region. Excavation and extraction of a mammoth tooth.
Choosing this project will allow you to learn the techniques of field research into the locations of fossil organisms, develop your curiosity and imagination, unleash your creativity and take a fascinating journey into the mysterious world of the Ice Age.

This project is dedicated to the outstanding national paleontologist, doctor of biological sciences, founder of taphonomy and science fiction writer I.A. Efremov, who in 2023 celebrated his 115th birthday and 80 years of his scientific manuscript "Taphonomy and the Geological Record".

Research work of the participants of the paleontological project at IRS 2017 and IRS 2022.
Would you like to unravel incredible secrets of the past? Or would you like to feel like a real palaeontologist? Then join our project!

Requirements to the students:
Basic knowledge in biology and geography.
Ability to draw, photograph, work with computer programs, good health and a sense of humor are very welcome;

Konstantin Protodiakonov

Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Konstantin is a palaeontologist and head of the palaeontology department of the Museum of Nature and Man (Khanty-Mansiysk). He is a holder of RJE 3 grants from the University of Hokkaido (Japan) and Erasmus + from the University of Lille (France), as well as a winner of republican, all-Russian and international scientific contests...plus the science stand-up competition 'Science Slam' in Tomsk, Russia.
Konstantin took part in numerous paleontological expeditions in Siberia and the Arctic, and led the international student paleontological expedition "Bilim". He also created school training programs in the field of paleontology ("Mammoth fauna of Yakutia" and "Fundamentals of paleontology") and organized and managed summer environmental camps (" Lighthouse", "Pole of Cold" and "Trilobite").
As an museum employee, he has organized a number of organizes and curates museum exhibitions, including: "Quartz: many-sided and necessary", "Ammonites: fossil submarines", "All about the tusk", "Pathologies of the past", "Paleontological square", "From the biosphere to the lithosphere " and more.
The field of Konstantin's scientific interests is large mammals of the Quaternary period: evolutionary development, paleoecology, paleozoogeography and biostratigraphy.
Konstantin participated in IRS 2017 and IRS 2022 as a tutor of the paleontology projects.

Ayzek Bakirov
Bishkek, Kyrgystan

Ayzek Bakirov - paleontologist, Candidate of geological and mineralogical sciences, scientific secretary of the Institute of Geology of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic. After graduating from the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology of the Kyrgyz State National University in 1998, he started his postgraduate study in paleontology and stratigraphy and began his career in the laboratory of Tectonics and Stratigraphy of the National Academy of Sciences.

His PhD thesis was devoted to stratigraphy and the fossil remains of the Middle Jurassic vertebrates of Kyrgyzstan. He participated and organized international research projects devoted to the study of the vertebrate fauna of the Mesozoic. The results of his research have been published in specialized international journals and reported at conferences on various levels. For many years of conscientious work he was awarded a diploma of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic.

His area of scientific research and interests is vertebrate paleontology, in particular the study of dinosaurs, their anatomy, morphology, phylogeny, taxonomy and biodiversity, and also, biostratigraphy and paleogeography of the Mesozoic of Kyrgyzstan. In recent years, in connection with the finds of bone remains of mammoths in the Issyk-Kul depression, attempts have been made to excavate, prepare and study them.

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