Footage shows 40,000 year-old foal discovered perfectly preserved in Siberian ice

Scientists will now conduct tests on 'completely unique' specimen

Josh Gabbatiss
Science Correspondent
Friday 24 August 2018 14:56 BST
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Young horse found preserved in permafrost

Footage has emerged of a perfectly preserved foal dug out of the Siberian ice after being frozen there for 40,000 years.

The foal belongs to an extinct species known as the Lena Horse or Equus lenensis, which is genetically distinct from those living in the area today.

Found in the permafrost of the north eastern region of Yakutia, the specimen’s skin, hair, hooves and tail are all in excellent condition.

Yakutia is well-known as a source of frozen mammoths, which for years have been unearthed across its vast frozen wilderness.

Dr Semyon Grigoryev described the baby horse as “completely unique”, with exceptionally well preserved hair and internal organs.

Local residents first came across the young horse in the Batagaika crater, which has been dubbed “the Gateway to the Underworld”.

Dr Grigoryev and his team are now carrying out a series of studies on the carcass to understand its diet and how it lived approximately 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.

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