Body of 18,000-year-old puppy found perfectly preserved

July 04 2021 12:00 am

EASTERN SIBERIA (CNN) — The body of an 18,000-year-old puppy has been found perfectly preserved.

Here’s a picture of the canine which was found by Russian scientists in Eastern Siberia.

The body was preserved by permafrost so its nose, fur and teeth are intact.

Experts from Sweden’s Centre for Palaeogenetics used carbon dating from a rib bone to determine it was frozen for around 18,000 years.

But they have yet to figure out if this animal was a dog or a wolf.

Researchers say the fact that they can’t tell a difference might suggest it is ancestral to both dogs and wolves.

The scientists plan to run more genome data tests on the creature to find out more about its origins.


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