Monday, 28 March 2016

Ice Age puppies found perfectly preserved in Russia

Scientists are probing the remains of two Ice Age puppies found perfectly preserved in Russia's far northeast region of Yakutia and dating back 12,460 years. The mummified dogs were found by hunters searching for mammoth tusks in a riverbank by a deposit of ancient bones in remote Arctic tundra. As they explored the area, they found a puppy's snout in the permafrost.

The second puppy was found a few feet away. The dogs both died when they were about three months old and were likely siblings. It's unclear if the Ice Age dogs were domesticated or wild.
The find could offer clues about the origin of domesticated dogs. The world's oldest dog remains were discovered in a cave in Belgium. They were 36,500 years old, but weren't well preserved.

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