Evidence of prehistoric horse domestication has been discovered in Siberia's Denisova Cave.
The site of some of the world's most important finds pertaining to early humans, the cave has yielded numerous prehistoric treasures over the years including the remains of an early human subspecies that lived 640,000 years ago.
Now experts believe they have uncovered the mitochondrial genome of a horse that lived 50,000 years ago, a discovery that could represent the earliest known attempt at equine domestication in history. If this turns out to be the case then it would pre-date all existing evidence of horse domestication by up to 44,000 years.
"The Denisova Cave in the Altai region has given up another riveting secret to modern science, this time equine, say researchers from Novosibirsk."
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Source: Siberian Times
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