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Scientist trip over 40,000 years of freezing babihorses
So when Siberian scientists came across the bodies of a 40,000-year-old horse that is so beautifully conserved that it still has its own coat, you can see why it is a reason to celebrate. This filly, which probably belongs to an old colony of tortoises that lived in the Yakutia of Russia 30,000 to 40,000 years ago, is original.
The young horse stayed freezing in the soil without bodily harm and just waited for the scientists to find it. It is now possible, for example, to search the horse's inner parts for proof of his last food, to inform us about his nutrition and which plant species were present in the area at the moment of his demise ten thousand years ago.
The little horse was only about two month old when it was killed. It is not clear how he was killed, but the absence of harm to his physical system would indicate that he did not become the prey of a beast. Full autopsies are scheduled for the near futures, but meanwhile the explorers have taken specimens from the human organism and the ground that enclosed the remnants.
Today, savage animals - i. e. animals without domesticized forefathers - are considered to have died out on earth. Przewalski's horse, once considered the last surviving game horse, was recently discovered as a descendant of a colony of domesticated animals. This would make the populations fierce rather than savage and also mean that there are no longer any really fierce animals.
Unbelievably conserved, 40,000 year old, died out baby horse has been excavated in Siberia.
The fossilized remnants of an endangered Palaeolithic horse in almost flawless state. Excavated from the persmafrost in the Siberian Batagaika cave - AKA the "gate to the underworld" - the small filly is so beautiful that it looks as if it could sleep.
The filly was found by locals, dug up by Japanese and Russian researchers and taken to the Mammut Memorial at the Northeast Federal University in Yakutsk. "It is the first find in the history of such a young horse with such an astonishing degree of preservation," said Semyon Grigoryev, the museum's lab director.
This filly was only 2 to 3 month old when she passed away, only 98 centimeters at the shoulders, and his deep bay fur, his hair, his cock and his hoofs are still undamaged. The inner parts have also been maintained by persistent frost, a soil stratum below zero.
An Equus lesensis (also known as the Lena horse) travelled the area in the later Pleistocene, now deserted and known from mutilated remnants in the mist. Scientists took specimens of human foals hairs, liquids, biological liquids and ground from which the filly was found to perform a more comprehensive series of assays, complete with an auto test to see how it was killed.
"Professionals who participated in the mission have developed a model that could have caused the filly to drown if it had fallen into a normal trap," explains Grigory Savvinov of North-Eastern Federal University. Besides the determination of this cause of deaths, the post-mortem will tell the researchers more about how the filly was living.
It is an unbelievable source to learn more about ice age living, like a chest of freezers that saves a moment in the past. At the beginning of the year, in Siberia, researchers discovered a young Leo in unbelievable shape, so young that it did not even have a tooth. Besides the filly, the research team has salvaged the scarce frame of a giant mammouth, completely with tender parts, in good state.
Up to now there was no mention of horse or elephant cloning, as was the case with the young one.