18,000-Year-Old Puppy: Dog, Wolf, or Both?

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Health Editor’s Note:  I wonder if this puppy lived around humans?….Carol

Was This 18,000-Year-Old Puppy Frozen in Siberian Permafrost the Ancestor of Wolves, Dogs or Both?

by Jason Daley, Smithsonian.com

Meet Dogor, an 18,000-year-old pup unearthed in Siberian permafrost whose name means “friend” in the Yakut language. The remains of the prehistoric pup are puzzling researchers because genetic testing shows it’s not a wolf or a dog, meaning it could be an elusive ancestor of both.

Locals found the remains in the summer of 2018 in a frozen lump of ground near the Indigirka River, according to the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk. Parts of the animal are incredibly well-preserved, including its head, nose, whiskers, eyelashes and mouth, revealing that it still had its milk teeth when it died. Researchers suggest the animal was just two months old when it passed, though they do not know the cause of death.

The pup is so well-preserved that researchers at the Centre for Palaeogenetics in Sweden were able to sequence the animal’s DNA using a piece of rib bone. The results found that Dogor was male, but even after two rounds of analysis the team could not determine whether he was a dog or a wolf.

“It’s normally relatively easy to tell the difference between the two,” David Stanton, a Centre for Palaeogenetics research fellow, tells Amy Woodyatt at CNN.

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  1. The important point in this article is: “The remains of the prehistoric pup are puzzling researchers because genetic testing shows it’s not a wolf or a dog, meaning it could be an elusive ancestor of both” and “the results (of DNA testing) found that Dogor was male, but even after two rounds of analysis the team could not determine whether he was a dog or a wolf”. I also note 18 000 years ago, before the cold spell coming 12 8900 years ago (Younger Dryas).
    To me, i recall also that archeologist and anthropologists have found so called pre-humans – read upright walking aoes- bones in Morocco and in South Africa and Ethiopia, but the bones had strange features: tooth crown as humans but the roots as apes, brains case slightly higher than huma but overall ape like bodies….

    • …These findings are so weird and mainstream anthropologists are still puzzled. They cannot make sense of these or if they do so will go with the same mumbo jumbo tactics to elude a real sense explanation. So far, they did not dare to go with so-called missing links, because, these are simply not mutant species. Only mixtures of both features have been observed. Anyway, coming back to our friend Dogor and comparing to these new bizarre upright walking apes bones, I cannot help but think of a failed genetic manipulation at play here. It may well be that Dogor and these weird ape like fossil bones found recently are such a thing. On Dogor, DNA testing cannot differentiate it from a dog or a wolf. Strange indeed! I would certainly follow up that story, especially further genetic testing, since it is early to be sure, but that is my impression so far. If they find many other of Dogors (which I doubt very much), perhaps they could run a genetic variation level to test for large or low variation. If the tests prove to be very low, like in us humans and the clone-hybrid of dog and a big cat- called cheetah, there would be reasons to suspect that an external genetic manipulation was at play here. Thanks Ms Carol for bringing that story to my attention, but I regret evolution by natural selection crackpot theory has nothing to do with it.