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10:43 | Aug 18 | 2014

Yakut scientists found remains of ancient dog

 Belgian paleontologist Mietje Germonpre has expressed readiness of the Belgian Institute together with NEFU to start a project on not only Tumat dog, but also wolve-group predators of Yakutia.

"After studying the fossil dog, which supposedly lived 12 thousand years ago, as well as measurements of ancient skulls of dogs and wolves, the new exhibits from the collection of NEFU Mammoth Museum, I can say that the finding is unique and we are ready to launch a joint project to study wolve-group predators of Yakutia," - said Mietje Germonpre, a paleontologist at the Royal Institute of Natural Sciences (Belgium), an expert on ancient dogs and wolve-group predators.

The NEFU Institute of Applied Ecology has started with the Belgian Institute the Tumat dog project. The mummified carcass was found frozen into the ice core of an oxbow lake steep ravine at the middle course of the Syalaah River in Ust-Yana region of Sakha (Yakutia). "Judging by the number of morphological characters, the remains presumably belong to a young individual of the dog early form, which was later confirmed by DNA analysis at Centre GeoGenetic laboratory (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Besides them, the project on studying the Black Dog of Tumat involves well-known experts from the University of Alberta (Canada) and the University of Tübingen (Germany), adds Sergei Fedorov, the head of the laboratory of the Museum of Mammoth, NEFU. 

The results of the analyzes of the University of Groningen show that the approximate geological age is 12 thousand years.

The belgian scientist Mietje Germonpre was in Yakutia from 4 to 10 August at the invitation of the Museum of Mammoth Research, Institute of Applied Ecology, NEFU.

 

Anna Fedorova, NEFU News Board