Ice puppy that’s 18,000 years old

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life -

AN 18,000-yearold puppy per­fectly pre­served in a patch of frozen ground in Rus­sia has been found.

The dog was about two months old when it died. It re­sem­bles most dogs to­day, with thick fur, a vel­vety nose and sharp milk teeth. The young male puppy was found in a near the Indi­girka River, just north of Yakutsk, Rus­sia, which is the cold­est city in the world. It was buried in the Siberian per­mafrost.

Rus­sian sci­en­tists sent DNA sam­ples from the dog to the Swedish Cen­tre for Pa­le­o­ge­net­ics, where DNA test­ing is con­tin­u­ing.

So far, the tests have not been able to work out ex­actly what species it is, but it is thought the puppy could bridge the ge­netic gap be­tween wolves and dogs.

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