From gigantic ant fossil and nest of baby dinosaurs to biggest prehistoric shark jaw, Palaeontologists have a way of uncovering some of the weirdest fossils on Earth. And now 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, reports CNN.
Researchers from Sweden’s Centre for palaeogenetics used radiocarbon dating on the specimen’s rib bone and found the specimen to be frozen for 18,000 years. Researchers have named the specimen as ‘Dogor’ meaning ‘friend’ and 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.
We now have some news on the 18,000 year old #wolf or #dog puppy.
Genome analyses shows it’s a male. So we asked our Russian colleagues to name it…
Thus, the name of the puppy is Dogor!
Dogor is a Yakutian word for “friend”, which seems very suitable.
However, extensive DNA tests that have been done on Dogor don’t reveal if the animal is a dog or a wolf. Scientist, David Stanton, from Centre for palaeogenetics, states that it’s easy to differentiate between a wolf or dog, however, the fact that researchers aren’t able to do so suggest that the specimen might be an intermediate from a population ancestral to both dogs and wolves. Scientists plan on continuing with the DNA sequencing since the results can provide more insight into the evolution of dogs.
People took to Twitter to share their reaction:
This is quite amazing and he is well cute for a 18000 year old pup https://twitter.com/CatJarman/status/1196821116997840896 …Dr Cat Jarman @CatJarman
This is an 18 000 YEAR OLD dog/wolf, that was preserved in the Siberian permafrost. Just… no. I can’t even begin to describe how I feel about this.
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Frozen Siberian wolf pup meme
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