Meet Dogor, the 18,000-year-old puppy found in Siberia

Meet Dogor, the 18,000-year-old puppy found in Siberia

An 18,000-year old puppy, found frozen near Yakutsk in eastern Siberia, could be the oldest form of a domestic dog.

"It seems that dogs were domesticated from a lineage of wolves that went extinct".

"We don't know exactly when dogs were domesticated, but it may have been from about that time", he was quoted as saying. Preserved by permafrost, the specimen's nose, fur and teeth are remarkably intact.

Studies based on previous discoveries in Siberian permafrost suggest that dogs may have been domesticated between 27,000 and 40,000 years ago, earlier than previous estimates of 11,000-16,000 years.

Scientists from the Center for Palaeogenetics said on Twitter that genome analysis had revealed that the puppy was male. He says his team at the centre has plenty of data on both species, so it shouldn't be hard to place Dogor in one category or the other. Scientist, David Stanton, from Centre for palaeogenetics, states that it's easy to differentiate between a wolf or dog, however, the fact that researchers aren't able to do so suggest that the specimen might be an intermediate from a population ancestral to both dogs and wolves. The name means "friend" in Yakutian - as well as being a pun on "dog or wolf".

"We want to do a lot more future work on this", Stanton said. "So that's why it's such a hard problem to work on to understand where and when dogs were domesticated", Stanton told Metro. Scientists plan on continuing with the DNA sequencing since the results can provide more insight into the evolution of dogs.

"Dogor" is nearly completely covered in fur except for an exposed rib cage.

Genome analysis in recent months uncovered that the pup was a male, according to the CPG, who added that the pup had been named Dogor, the Yakutian word for friend, by colleagues in Russian Federation.

The remains were later sent to Oxford University's Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit for dating.

The carcass is being kept in Russian Federation while Stanton and his colleague Love Dalen study its rib bone back in Sweden.

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