YAKUTSK, Russia — Scientists have discovered the body of a 12,400 year old puppy in the Siberian permafrost ice, which belongs to an extinct species of dog. The body was found near the village of Tumat last year and scientists have now publicly revealed their findings on the canine, that they are calling the ‘Tumat Puppy’. The dog is the second frozen canine to be discovered in the area of Tumat with a well-preserved body. Scientists reveal that the body of the Tumat Puppy is about 70 to 80 percent preserved.
Due to the freezing conditions the body was in, the puppy still has his teeth and brain intact, which provides scientists with the opportunity to learn even more about the species. A group of scientists recently gathered to perform an autopsy on the mummified canine to try and extract information about life in that period of time. Evidence points to the notion that the dog was in fact a pet living in a human settlement at the time of his death.
One of the scientists in attendance at the autopsy, was controversial clone specialist, Hwang Woo-Suk, from South Korea. During the autopsy, Woo-Suk took samples from the canine body in hopes of bringing the extinct species back to life through cloning. However, given his history of little success with cloning other species, others believe that his chances of succeeding with the Tumat Puppy are very slim. Watch the autopsy in the video below to see the scientists examine the mummified carcass.