Scientists in Russia have made a truly incredible discovery buried in the permafrost of Siberia: the remains of a small male puppy that, according to radiocarbon dating, is 18,000 years old!
Despite the prehistoric fossil being remarkably intact, with its brown coat, whiskers, and tiny teeth in amazing shape, the truth behind his species remains a baffling mystery.
Researchers have named the puppy Dogor, which means “friend” in the Yakut language. And no one knows if Dogor is a dog … or a wolf.
Love Dalén, professor of evolutionary genetics at the Centre for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm, Sweden, spoke with CBS News: “Normally when you have a two-fold coverage genome, which is what we have, you should be able to relatively easily say whether it’s a dog or a wolf, but we still can’t say and that makes it even more interesting.”
Scientists are gearing up for Dogor’s third round of genome sequencing, which could solve the mystery once and for all.