Is it a dog or a wolf? It was a male and radiocarbon dating gave the age range but DNA sequencing has been unable to determine the species.
Named "Dogor" by the researchers (Yakutian for "friend") has been well preserved for the last 18,000 years, its fur, nose and teeth are all intact. If it is a dog, it would be the oldest discovered so far. Some estimate that dogs began to be domesticated as far back as 40,000 years ago but when they actually diverged is a mystery. A mystery that perhaps this "missing link" can help solve.
Here is another amazing find from the Belaya Gora site!— Love Dalén (@love_dalen) April 16, 2019
Radiocarbon dating says it 18,000 years old.
Question: is it a #wolf cub, or possibly the oldest #dog ever found?
We are hoping to answer this by sequencing it's genome (it has 43% endogenous DNA).
But what do you think? pic.twitter.com/MTZ918GFBf
Credit: Centre for Palaeogenetics