Siberian Permafrost Melts to Reveal 40,000-YEAR-OLD Perfectly-Preserved Ice Age Creature

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Ice Age animal was found after some of the Siberian permafrost melted. MICHIL YAKOVLEV/SIBERIAN TIMES

The body of the young horse that died between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago still has hair and its hooves in an incredible discovery.

Paleontologists found the mummified foal around 100 metres inside the Batagaika crater in eastern Siberia earlier this month.

According to Grigory Savvinov, the deputy head of the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, Russia, the animal was only two months old when it died.

Its cause of death is likely that it drowned after getting caught in some kind of naturally occurring trap.

Mr Savvinov told the Siberian Times: “Experts that took part in the expedition came up with a version that the foal could have drowned after getting into some kind of a natural trap. 

“We’ll study the content of its bowel to understand the foal’s diet.

“The autopsy will be carried later.”

The team is set to carry out more tests on the animal. MICHIL YAKOVLEV/SIBERIAN TIMES

Siberia’s melting permafrost has revealed other stunning preserved animals in the past.

Last year, scientists raised the prospect of cloning woolly mammoth DNA that had been found.

It is thought that the extinct creatures could once again roam the Earth after they died out thousands of years ago.