Scientists discover 18,000 year old frozen puppy

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The canine was preserved by permafrost so its nose, fur and teeth are intact

The body of an 18,000-year-old puppy was found perfectly preserved.

(CNN) – The body of an 18,000-year-old puppy was found perfectly preserved.

The canine, which was found by Russian scientists in eastern Siberia, was preserved by permafrost so its nose, fur and teeth are intact.

Experts from Sweden’s Centre for Palaeogenetics used carbon dating from a rib bone to determine it was frozen for around 18,000 years.

They’ve yet to figure out if this animal was a dog or a wolf.

Researchers say the fact that they can’t tell a difference might suggest it is ancestral to both dogs and wolves.

The scientists plan to run more genome data tests on the creature to find out more about its origins.

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