12,400-Year-Old Puppy Unfrozen In Siberia (Video)

| by Brendan Kelly
The Ancient Canid After Being UnfrozenThe Ancient Canid After Being Unfrozen

Researchers announced on March 16 they have unfrozen a mummified puppy who was frozen in Siberian permafrost for more than 12,000 years (video below). What is even more surprising, though, is that the creature's brain was completely intact.

The carcass of the extinct Pleistocene canid was found near the village of Tumat on a river bank in the Ust-Yansky district of the Sakha Republic in Russia, according to The Siberian Times.

Scientists have announced this is the first well-preserved brain of a Pleistocene canid ever found. 

The puppy was found near what appears to be human activity, which leads researchers to believe the dog was a pet.

"We can say that this is the first time we have obtained the brain of a Pleistocene canid," scientist Pavel Nikolsky told The Siberian Times.

In 2011, a canid thought to be a possible sibling of the latest canid discovered was unearthed by the same team. 

Nikolsky says the degree of preservation in the newly unfrozen canid is between 70 and 80 percent. 

The puppy is believed to have died in a landslide, as did the puppy found in 2011, and they were sealed in the permafrost, causing their mummification.

In video (below) released of the canid’s autopsy, scientists can be seen scrubbing dirt and mud off the puppy and baring its teeth for the first time. 

WARNING: Video shows the autopsy of the frozen puppy.

Sources: The Siberian TimesYouTube / Photo credit: The Siberian Times

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