The melting Siberian permafrost made possible a huge finding. Namely, an ancient horse of 30,000 years old has been brought to light. The animal was born in Northern Siberia where, after a few months of life, it died from unknown causes, at least, that’s what researchers say. Now, however, this baby horse is a precious treasure for scientists because its body is the best-preserved specimen ever found.
The ancient horse, found in Siberia next to the Batagaika crater by an international group of scientists from Russia and Japan, according to the Advocator, belonged to an extinct species known as the Lenskaya horse.
Located in the Yakutian landscape, the Batagaika crate is a thermokarst depression which started to form in the 1960s due to massive deforestations in the region. As the global warming and extreme weather phenomena continue to affect the area, the so-called crater continues to grow. However, this is the place where the scientists found the most amazing discovery, the before-mentioned ancient horse, thanks to the melting Siberian permafrost.
The 30,000-year-old ancient horse found in melting Siberian permafrost is the best-preserved specimen of its kind
Semyon Grigoryev, one of the Russian-Japanese scientific team that made the discovery, was the first to analyze the calf and to place it in the extinct Lenskaya horse family. According to him and his colleagues, the baby horse was in such an excellent condition despite it is a 30,000-year-old specimen just because the Siberian permafrost preserved it.
Not only that the scientist could examine the calf’s body, its mane, tail, hooves, but they could also study its internal organs, which might help them learn more about the evolution of the horses as a species.
“This is the first find in the world of an ancient horse of such a young age and with such an amazing level of preservation. The extra value of the unique find is that we obtained samples of soil layers where it was preserved, which means we will be able to restore a picture of the foal’s environment,” stated Semyon Grigoryev.