This 18,000 year old ‘dog’ was recently discovered and could be the oldest dog ever found.
Scientists are unsure whether this is a dog, wolf, or one of the missing links between the two. But on this is sure, it looks a lot like a dog from where I’m sat.
The “dog”, now named “Dogor”, was found in 2018 in a lump of frozen earth near the Indigirka River, north-east of Yakutsk, Siberia.
Dr Sergey Fedorov, the scientist leading the investigation in Siberia, turned to the Swedish Center for Palaeogenetics (CPG) in an effort to establish whether it was a wolf cub or dog.
Swedish scientists confirmed in a Tweet the animal was indeed 18,000 years old, but added:
“So far, we have sequenced it’s genome to 2X coverage but we still can’t say if it’s a wolf or a dog. “Maybe it’s the common ancestor? More sequencing needed.”
Dr Fedorov, from the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North, at Russia’s North-Eastern Federal University, said further analysis will continue to be carried out into the future.
According to a publication in Nature Communications, suggests domestication of modern dogs from a population of gray wolves happened between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.
So, this could very well be a domesticated dog, one of the very first, ever. Aren’t we lucky to have a chance to discover and share something so ancient, and beloved.
Did you know that dogs were the first animal to be domesticated by humans?