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Friday, June 14, 2019

Ancient Wolves, Modern Dogs - ROBERT SEPEHR

A massive prehistoric wolf’s head that’s been encased in permafrost for 30,000 - 40,000 years, with its fur and teeth still intact, was discovered in Russia. Paleontologists believe the wolf was fully grown at 2 to 4 years old when it died.


The Swedish Museum of Natural History plans to study the wolf’s DNA, fur and skull, with help from scientists in Japan, Russia, the United States and other nations. They plan on creating a digital model of the brain and the skull’s interior, as well as using some of the ancient wolf’s DNA to try to sequence the species’s genome, which will take at least another year and a half to complete. Although the prehistoric wolf went extinct at the end of the ice age, its genetic legacy lives on in modern dog breeds.

Robert Sepehr is an author, producer and anthropologist.

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