Scientists have discovered an animal in Easter Siberia that they cannot identify. Buried under ice near the Indigirka River in Yakutsk, the animal was incredibly well preserved.
From the pictures below, you can see that it looks nearly alive. Radio carbon dating, however, revealed that the animal is nearly 18,000 old. DNA samples were also taken.
Based on the evidence, the puppy was only two months old when it died after falling into the water and being frozen under the ice.
Based on what is known so far, they cannot determine if the animal is a domesticated dog or a wolf. According to the scientists studying the specimen, it is normally very easy to tell.
Some scientists believe it could even be a hybrid or an intermediary between wolves and dogs. Based on a study a few years back, it appears as though dogs were domesticated from wolves at two separate times, once in Europe and once in Asia.
Whatever the case, subsequent analysis of the puppy could reveal important details about how wolves became dogs.
Source: The Epoch Times