Believe it or not but the latest prehistoric discovery made by researchers in Sweden is an 18000 year old puppy that was found fully in tact in the Siberian permafrost. It is now being regarded as the oldest confirmed dog and the photographs have also been shared online and gone viral because of the amazing way the dog has been preserved.

An important discovery about dog domestication of early man

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The discovery made last year in summer was a path breaking event because the canine was perfectly preserved. After studying it they were also not very sure if the dog was a wolf or a dog but the assumption leans heavily towards a dog simply because the discovery was made from a location known for its domestication of dogs.

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Researchers Dave Stanton 34 and Love Dalen 44 feel it is the oldest confirmed dog and could well be the first prehistory dog. If true, the discovery will be an invaluable one that will yield information about when wolves were domesticated by man.

The creature was named Dogor

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The researchers have given the creature the name Dogor that stands for both dog and wolf and though it is thousands of years old, it has an exposed rib cage. Dalen also said that it was so well preserved that it looked like an animal that had died recently. It was amazingly well preserved before the researchers had it cleaned up and they at first did not know how old it was. It was found in the permafrost and these incidents happen when things get frozen in there that are hundreds of years or a few decades old.

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The researchers were highly excited about the amazing discovery and once they applied radiocarbon testing to it, they saw to their utter astonishment that it was almost 18,000 years old. They also said that the period is an interesting one because a lot of genetic stuff was taking place between dogs and wolves.

Found in north east Siberia

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The researchers say that they cannot really separate it from a modern wolf or a wolf or dog from the Pleistocene period or the ice age. It could either be an early dog or an early Pleistocene wolf. The oldest confirmed dog was found in a remote part of north east Siberia which is from a town called Belaya Gora. The specimen’s rib bone was taken to Sweden to be studied.

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Stanton feels that the dog was so well preserved because it was found in a type of tunnel burrowed in the permafrost. He stated “I feel fairly nervous about messing something up in the lab. You don’t want to screw it up. It seems that dogs were domesticated from a lineage of wolves that went extinct. So that’s why it’s such a difficult problem to work on to understand where and when dogs were domesticated.”

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Stanton says that to find the answer you need ancient samples simply because the population that the animal appeared to be domesticated from did not exist anymore. He feels that specimens such as this earliest confirmed dog could well provide results that research hasn’t managed to come up with as yet.

The photographs have gone viral

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When the dirt was carefully removed from the animal’s fur, the animal was then photographed by Sergei Fedorov 58 and it also appeared as a puppy. He stated that even though its spine and ribs was exposed, it was still incredible to feel the history of the earth.

Fedorov went on to say “Just imagine, this puppy has been lying underground in the same pose and condition for 18,000 years without being disturbed at all. I really carefully removed the dirt and other debris stuck to its body step by step, revealing a wonderful condition fur which is extremely rare for animals of that time period.”