Meet the 18,000-year-old puppy
Russian researchers have discovered the body of a canine in eastern Siberia that’s been completely preserved and frozen with its nose, fur and teeth intact.
Researchers from Sweden’s Centre for paleogenetics used radiocarbon dating on the specimen’s rib bone and found the specimen to be frozen for 18,000 years.
They have named the specimen as ‘Dogor’ meaning ‘friend’. It was discovered in a frozen ground near Indigirka River, which is close to Yakutsk. Genome analysis further revealed that Dogor was a male and appeared to be in a snarling position.
However, it’s still not known if the animal is a dog or a wolf.
Siberia covers 77% of Russia. Yakutsk in Siberia is said to be the coldest city on Earth. The average January temperature is around –40C, though it can be hot in summer.