An 18,000-year-old animal found last year in a permafrost tunnel in Siberia could be the oldest dog ever. The ice-age animal was discovered in a perfectly preserved condition in the summer of 2018 by two researchers, Love Dalén and Dave Stanton.
When the two-month old animal was discovered in the ice, it still had fur on its body and a perfect set of teeth. In fact, it looked like a recently dead animal. One look at the pictures and you will find it hard to believe that it is 18,000 years old.
Love and Dave began the study in order to figure out if the body is of a dog or a wolf. If it turns out to be a dog, it will be the world’s oldest confirmed dog.
Love, a professor of evolutionary genetics, told Metro, It’s pretty special because you’re holding it and it really feels like a very recently dead animal.
Sergey Fedorov, a museum worker in Russia, carefully cleaned the 18,000-year-old animal. He said, I really carefully removed the dirt and other debris stuck to its body step by step, revealing a wonderful condition fur which is extremely rare for animals of that time period.