In Yakutia the scientists extracted well-preserved brain of a puppy “chumatskiy dog” who lived to 12.5 thousand years ago and was found by employees of the mammoth Museum, North Eastern Federal University (NEFU), reports “Interfax” with reference to the press service of the University. The brain “chumatskiy dogs” will be preserved.
“Such finds of mammoth fauna predators are extremely rare. Baby mammoth Yuka was the world’s only mammoth with a preserved brain, and for this unique find in Yakutia added another one – the second “chumatska dog”, – said the press service.
“Dura well preserved, repeats the internal topography of the brain box. The entire complex brain along with Dura mater weight of 11 grams at the opening of the cranium filled the cranial cavity by approximately 70%,” – said the scientists.
As previously reported, first puppy “chumatskiy dog” who lived to 12.5 thousand years ago, was found in 2011. Mummified carcass “chumatskiy dog” was discovered in the ice of the river Sallah in Ust-yanskiy district of Yakutia. The age of the puppy is about three months.
Discovered the puppy was the world’s first frozen full carcass of a predator and the oldest and only representative of the canine full-protection from nose to tail, including the coat. Last summer, scientists of NEFU in cooperation with Belgian colleagues have begun to examine the finds.
The second mummified carcass of the puppy “chumatskiy dog” was discovered 13 August 2015. General findings (difference in the distance only two meters), preliminary visual inspection, the sizes of both animals finds 2011 and 2015 suggest that this may, puppies from the same litter.
It is noted that for the study of the brain “tominskogo puppy” will be drawn up a special programme of research involving both Russian and foreign institutions.
Earlier in the draft study “chumatskiy dogs”, in addition to Belgian professionals were involved experts from the University of Alberta (Canada), University of tübingen (Germany), as well as the specialists of the Centre GeoGenetic laboratory (Copenhagen).