Perfectly Preserved Ice-Age Foal Found in Siberia

A completely intact, mummified foal—including the skin, hair and hooves—has been found in Siberia’s melting permafrost. Believed to have died between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago, the icy conditions of a 328-foot crater perfectly preserved the foal.

The foal appears to be about two months old and is thought to have drowned after falling into some sort of natural trap. Researchers are testing the foal’s tissues and will investigate the bowel content to try to determine the horse’s diet.

The foal is a Lena Horse, also called Lenskaya, a breed that is genetically different from the horses living in the Yakutia area now.

Read more at Live Science.

 

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