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18,000-year-old puppy found preserved in Russia

Dec 03, 2019 11:10 IST

An 18,000-year-old puppy was discovered covered in permafrost in eastern Russia. It was found by a local in Yakutia, a region in eastern Siberia, back in 2018. It was in remarkably well-preserved, complete with fur, whiskers and teeth and is believed to be the oldest canine discovered in the area. A genome sequencing is in the pipeline to identify if the specimen is a dog, a wolf or some other prehistoric ancestor. In recent years, Russia's Far East has become a hub for such discoveries as the permafrost is melting due to climate change.