The canine was found by Russian scientists in eastern Siberia.
The 18,000-year-old body of a near perfectly preserved puppy has left scientists puzzled.
Modern dogs are believed to be descendants of wolves, however, there has been debate revolving whether dogs were domesticated. Photographs released by the Centre for Palaeogenetics show the puppy in an nearly ideal condition, with its nose, whiskers and teeth remarkably intact.
Researchers who made the find, from the Centre for Palaeogenetics (CPG) based in Stockholm, can not yet determine if it is a dog or a wolf.Читайте также: Padres sign Pomeranz, get Davies, Grisham from Milwaukee Brewers
It presents scientists with a rare opportunity to study an ancient member of the canine family, but first, they have to answer one very important question: Is it a dog or a wolf? The little guy did not appear to be in distress at the time of death, researchers told the Siberian Times.
"It's normally relatively easy to tell the difference between the two", David Stanton of the Centre for Palaeogenetics explained in an interview with CNN. He says his team at the centre has plenty of data on both species, so it shouldn't be hard to place Dogor in one category or the other. They said that, after conferring with their Russian colleagues, they would call the puppy Dogor - meaning "friend" in Yakutian. "We are interested in whether it is in fact a dog or a wolf, or perhaps it's something halfway between the two", Stanton added. "We can't wait to get results from further tests!" said Fedorov. Another study from 2016 from the University of Oxford, in the journal Science, suggested that dogs were domesticated twice from gray wolves, in both Asia and Europe, around 14,000 years ago.
The experts believe this may be because the canine comes from the period when dogs were being domesticated, and hope the creature will prove crucial to uncovering when exactly the evolution began. "So that's why it's such a hard problem to work on to understand where and when dogs were domesticated".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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