Scientists stumble upon 40,000 year old foal in Siberia

Ancient foal was found in the permafrost of the Batagaika depression. Via Sputnik News.
Ancient foal was found in the permafrost of the Batagaika depression. Via Sputnik News.

Sputnik News reports:

Scientists found an amazingly preserved 40,000 year old “baby horse” in the Siberian Permafrost.

The ancient foal was found in the permafrost of the Batagaika depression, also known as the “Gateway to the Underworld,” by Russian and Japanese scientists, and is expected to give researchers a wealth of new information on how horses evolved at a time when human beings were still mere hunter-gatherers.

The 40,000-year-old foal, believed to have passed away when she was just three months, was completely preserved by the permafrost before being discovered. It is now believed to be the world’s only fully-preserved ancient baby horse.

Discovered by scientists from the Scientific Research Institute of Applied Ecology of Russia’s North at North-Eastern Federal University, and researchers from the Japanese University of Kindai, along with a Fuji TV film crew, the Paleolithic find is believed to be a treasure trove of invaluable scientific information.

“The particular value of this unique find is that we have also obtained samples from the layers of soil where [she] laid preserved, meaning we will be able to restore a picture of the foal’s environment,” Semyon Grigoryev, the head of the renowned Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, said, according to a university press release.

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