Forty-two thousand year old horse unearthed

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Forty-two thousand year old horse unearthed

Evelyn Diaz, Staff Reporter

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Scientists in the Yakutsk region of Siberia have managed to extract samples of liquid blood from a 42,000-year-old foal that was found embedded in permafrost back in 2018.

They hope to eventually clone the foal in the years to come because there might be viable cells in order to begin the process .

The male foal was discovered in the Batagaika on August 11, 2018. He was found in the best condition for an animal that is that old.

An autopsy showed the foal carcass was extremely well-preserved, the body even without deformation,”Semyon Grigoriev, head of the Mammoth Museum at Northeastern Federal University added. “The hair cover also preserved most parts of the carcass, especially at the head and legs.”

After testing the animal is was approximately 2 weeks old and died from drowning in mud.

But even more of a discovery when liquid blood and urine are still in tact.

The tiny foal was taken to the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Russia, to be researched.

According to the director of the museum, Semyon Grigoriev, the museum has the biggest collection of ice age animals in the world, including a mammoth, an elk and a wolf, but this newly discovered foal is the best preserved of them all.

After analyzing the body they also included that there were internal organs and even a digestive system that were in excellent condition.