Scientists were able to identify samples of liquid blood from mummified bodies of the ancient horse age 42 thousands of years. It is reported by Gizmodo.
The fluid was extracted from the blood vessels of the heart that are well preserved due to burial in the permafrost. However, it is not clear whether it is possible to obtain viable blood cells from this sample. To clone a horse, you must obtain a somatic cell with the DNA in good condition which is still not done.
According to experts, the autopsy revealed that the organs of the animal are in good condition and muscle tissue have a natural reddish tint. In addition, the find is unique in that on the body surface are preserved hair, while the other remains of ancient horses, they were not.
Established that the cause of death of the animal was drowning in the mud, which turned into permafrost. Silt and pieces of soil were found in the gastrointestinal tract of the foal.
The remains discovered in 2018 in Yakutia belong to 2-3-month-old foal Lena horse (Equus lenensis), who lived during the last glaciation. The carcass contained in the permafrost is the most well-preserved of all such finds. A group of Russian and South Korean scientists believe that it will be possible to allocate cells with enough undamaged genetic material to in the future to “resurrect” an extinct species.
Glacial periods are called long periods of glaciation with a duration of millions of years including the ice age and interglacial. Often, however, the term “ice age” means the last ice age, which began about 110 thousand years ago and ended about 11-12 thousand years ago.
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