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Puppy Frozen for Millennia Emerges With Brain Mostly Intact

The puppy was found mummified in Siberia.

(Photo: The Siberian Times/YouTube)

Scientists said Wednesday that they had unfrozen a puppy after 12,400 years spent in Siberian permafrost.

According to The Siberian Times, the extinct Pleistocene canid was found mummified on a steep bank near the Syalakh River in the Sakha Republic, a vast region of Russia that is over 1.1 million square miles.

The brain of the puppy is apparently in pretty good shape, scientists tell The Siberian Times. The puppy was likely someone’s pet; evidence of human activity was also found near the frozen canid. 

“We can say that this is the first time we have obtained the brain of a Pleistocene canid,” one scientist, Pavel Nikolsky, tells the newspaper.  

The mummified puppy isn’t the first the team has found; an animal thought to be a sibling of the latest canid was unearthed in 2011