Ice puppy that’s 18,000 years old
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.