18,000-year-old puppy found preserved in Russia
Dateline: 2 December 2019 - Yakutsk
Date: 12/02/2019 10:58 PM
Yakutsk, Yakutia region, Russia - 2 December 2019
1. Various of remains of 18-thousand-year-old puppy being presented to media
2. Remains of puppy being put into freezer box
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An 18-thousand-year-old puppy found preserved in permafrost in eastern Russia has been presented to the media for the first time.
The puppy, discovered by a local in the eastern Siberian region of Yakutia in the summer of 2018, is believed to be the oldest canine discovered in the area.
It was found remarkably well-preserved with fur, teeth and even whiskers.
Radiocarbon dating by Swedish scientists confirmed the puppy had been frozen for around 18-thousand years.
Scientists are about to do a third round of genome sequencing, which they hope might solve the mystery of whether the specimen is a wolf or dog, or some prehistoric ancestor.
In recent years, Russia's Far East has become a gold mine for scientists studying remains of ancient animals.
As the permafrost melts, affected by climate change, more and more body parts of woolly mammoths, canines and other prehistoric animals are being discovered.