A nearly perfectly preserved body of a puppy that is estimated to be 18,000 years old has been uncovered in eastern Siberia, and scientists are unsure whether it’s a dog or a wolf.
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. pic.twitter.com/epIz8mEpVW
— Centre for Palaeogenetics (@CpgSthlm) November 25, 2019
“We don’t know exactly when dogs were domesticated, but it may have been from about that time. We are interested in whether it is in fact a dog or a wolf, or perhaps it’s something halfway between the two,” Stanton said, adding that further testing could provide insight into when exactly dogs were domesticated. A 2016 study by the University of Oxford suggested that dogs were domesticated from wolves during the Paleolithic era.
Here is another amazing find from the Belaya Gora site!
Radiocarbon dating says it 18,000 years old.
We are hoping to answer this by sequencing it's genome (it has 43% endogenous DNA).
But what do you think? pic.twitter.com/MTZ918GFBf
— Love Dalén (@love_dalen) April 16, 2019
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