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Scientists believe the dog was killed in a landslide before being mummified by the extreme cold

Scientists thaw 12,400-year-old extinct dog after finding it frozen in Siberia

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AMAZING footage has been released showing scientists thawing out a 12,400-year-old dog found frozen in Siberia, according to The Sun.  The animal, believed to be from a now-extinct species, was found near the village of Tumat. Researchers believe it was killed in a landslide and are investigating whether it was an early example of a ‘pet’.

The video shows layers of dirt being washed away to reveal a clearly recognisable form of a tiny puppy – complete with tail, fur, legs, paws and even teeth. Russian researcher Dr Pavel Nikolsky said: “The carcass is preserved really very well. And one of the most important things is that the brain is preserved.

“The degree of preservation is about 70 to 80 per cent. We will be able to say more precisely after it is extracted.”He added: “We can say that this is the first time we have obtained the brain of a Pleistocene canid.”

The team took samples from the animal’s skin, muscles and cartilage – even combing the animal for samples of ancient fleas.

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