| December 03, 2019 10:04 AM
Researchers have named a prehistoric puppy, millennia after it perished and was preserved in permafrost.
Scientists, who discovered the dog in Siberia, have dubbed the canine “Dogor,” which means “friend” in the language of the area where the puppy’s body was discovered. The frigid conditions preserved the animal’s body for 18,000 years in remarkable condition.
“This puppy has all its limbs, pelage — fur, even whiskers. The nose is visible. There are teeth. We can determine due to some data that it is a male,” Nikolai Androsov, director of the Northern World museum, said of the discovery.
Dave Stanton, a research fellow at the Centre for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm, told the Washington Post that the puppy was “one of the best-preserved” ancient specimens he has ever examined.
According to Sergei Fydorov, who runs the exposition hall at the Mammoth Museum of Russia’s North-Eastern Federal University, the canine was discovered by residents of Yakutia, a region of Russia located in the far eastern part of the country. He said that when the puppy was discovered, it was covered in soil and ice and was carefully cleaned to reveal the well-preserved animal.
“It’s an amazing feeling, to see, touch and feel the history of earth,” Fydorov said.
The canine is estimated to have been about two months old when it died. The death came around the same time period when many types of wolves were going extinct and dogs began to emerge.
“As you go back in time, as you get closer to the point that dogs and wolves converge,” Stanton said, noting that it becomes more difficult to distinguish between the two.
The puppy’s DNA has been preserved, and further analysis on the animal’s genome will be conducted.