Upper Paleolithic Foal Recovered from Siberia

Paleothic Foal Recovered from Siberia

How cool is this? Scientists from the North-Eastern Federal University, and Kindai University in Japan discovered a dark brown, three month old foal buried during the Ice age in an area called the Batagai depression in Siberia.

This is the first time a pre-historic horse this young has been found intact and with such an amazing level of preservation. The foal’s hair, mane and tail are preserved and its internal organs remain undamaged. There are no wounds to the body to indicate how the foal died. Some reports indicate that although the foal is brown it has zebra-like stripes on its legs.

The Batagai depression
The Batagai depression where the foal was found is viewed with suspicion by locals who call it the ‘gateway to the underworld’.

According to Semyon Grigoryev, who heads the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, the foal was about three months old when it died — between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago.

The unique find was made in the permafrost of Batagai depression. The foal was completely preserved by permafrost. 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.

The discovery is expected to give scientists a mass of new information about the evolution of horses.

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One thought on “Upper Paleolithic Foal Recovered from Siberia

  1. Wow, I’ll have to dig further into this find, pun not intended.. I’m a biologist, and have always had this..let’s call it an obsession..with Ice Age/Pleistocene megafauna. Thank you!

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