Scientists Discover 18,000-Year-Old Puppy In Siberia –
The two-month-old puppy’s full-body, hair, muzzle, whiskers and even eyelashes were preserved by the frozen soil.
But detailed DNA tests have so far failed to establish its species. Initial genome sequencing carried by Swedish Centre for Palaeogenetics (CPG) surprised researchers in that it failed to define if the 18,000-year-old puppy was a wolf or a dog.
“We were excited about it but we had a healthy dose of skepticism until we radiocarbon-dated it,” said Love Dalén, professor of Evolutionary Genetics in Sweden. “Obviously, when we got the results that it was 18,000 years old, that changes everything. When we got that result, it was amazing. 18,000 years ago is an interesting time period where we think a lot of stuff is happening with both wolves and dogs genetically.
“It could be a very early modern wolf or very early dog or a late Pleistocene wolf,” Dalén added.
Dr. Sergey Fedorov, an ancient canine expert from the North-Eastern Federal University, is looking forward to further testing on the dog which has been named “Dogor”, a Yakutian word for “friend.”
“This is intriguing, what if it’s a dog? We can’t wait to get results from further tests,” Fedorov said.
Amazingly preserved puppy with whiskers, eyelashes, hair and velvety nose intact puzzle scientists. DNA tests on the 18,000-year-old Siberian canine cannot define if it's a wolf or a dog https://t.co/MNSInirNui pic.twitter.com/F1bGjGiWQq
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