Dog ancestry

Scientists think they have made a discovery that may clarify the origins of the domestic dog — a preserved “puppy” that had lain undisturbed in the ice for about 18,000 years.

The prehistoric canine was about two months old when it died and still has whiskers, eyelashes and a velvety nose.

The puppy still has fur, whiskers and milk teeth
The puppy still has fur, whiskers and milk teethSERGEY FEDOROV/THE SIBERIAN TIMES

A preliminary DNA analysis suggests that it’s very close to the divergence from its ancestors— an extremely early dog, a very early modern wolf or the common ancestor of both.” Scientists are mapping its DNA to establish whether it is the oldest dog found, a wolf or something in between. A first round of genetic testing was unable to determine its species.

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