A frozen prehistoric horse has been discovered in Siberia. The horse is thought to be about 40,000 years old and was found in the permafrost. This is the first time a horse has been found frozen in this way. It is an exciting discovery for scientists as it provides a rare opportunity to study the animal in its natural environment.
Frozen prehistoric horse discovered in ancient Siberia
The Lena horse, which lived during the Paleolithic period, became extinct around 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.
Extinct animals have always caught people’s attention, but the truth is that we can only see them by studying fossils and ancient paintings. Except in some cases – like a frozen, prehistoric horse.
Frozen prehistoric horse discovered in Siberia
A group of researchers in Siberia have managed to save the intact remains of a prehistoric horse. The remains belong to the Lenara (Equus lenensis), a wild horse similar to the Przewalski’s horse that lived during the Paleolithic period and died around 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.
This prehistoric horse was about two years old when it died. Some of its fur, hooves and most likely some of its internal organs are still intact. This is because this animal was somehow trapped in the permafrost.
However, these are not the first remains to be found in the permafrost: Cubs of cave lions and mammoths are two other animals that were also perfectly preserved underground in Siberia and other cold regions.
Is it possible to clone a prehistoric horse?
Investigators participating in this expedition suspect that the prehistoric horse may have drowned because the animal has no injuries on its body. This specimen’s perfect state of preservation opens the door to cloning and pregnancy with embryos in a current horse.
This is one of the most controversial topics in today’s science, because the ecosystem has most likely been rebalanced the extinction of these ancient races. This means that today’s Europe probably cannot have extinct breeds without it creating an imbalance in the ecosystem.
In this connection, other extinct breeds, such as the European bison, are being introduced to other countries through various projects. However, we must make it clear that in reality the European bison did not live on the Iberian Peninsula. It was actually a predecessor to those painted in Altamira.
The Lena horse
The Lena horse lived in the Beringland Bridge during the late Pleistocene period, which is today the northern regions of Canada, Alaska and Siberia. Scientists believe that the adult animal developed a thick coat to protect itself from the cold in this region.
The Lena horse belongs to the relatives Equus, which are the modern horses that lived during the Pleistocene. Scientists believe that these horses descended from a small herbivorous mammal with toes known as an Eohippus.
Later, the horse’s ancestors increased in size, and their toes turned into hooves. 5 million years later, the Equus family appeared, to which both the Lena horse and today’s horses belong.
The Lena horse, along with other close relatives, probably began its expansion around the earth about 15,000 years ago by crossing the Beringland Bridge (between Asia and North America). 10,000 years later, all horses, including the lena horse, were extinct in North America.
The Lena horse is another example of a wild horse that has become extinct. In the Paleolithic period, people hunted horses, which is shown in fossils and cave paintings.
Hunting is probably what wiped out the lena horse. In contrast, there were other horses that went through a process of being tamed, which has led to incredible discoveries, such as those of the first horse veterinarians.
The only horses that are considered “semi-wild” today are the Przewalski horses and the mustang. Both are actually domesticated, and have been reintroduced to the wild where they have regained their untamed nature.
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Vogue Health Team