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Liquid blood extracted from 42,000-year-old foal


Posted on Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 | Comment icon 11 comments

Can scientists bring an extinct species of horse back to life ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Marian Polak
Scientists in Siberia have succeeded in retrieving blood from the well-preserved remains of an extinct horse.
The foal, which is thought to belong to an extinct species of horse known as the Lenskaya breed, was discovered within the permafrost of Siberia's Batagaika crater depression back in August 2018.

Its remarkable level of preservation is due to the favorable circumstances in which it died.

"Our studies showed that at the moment of death the foal was from one to two weeks old, so he was just recently born," said Semyon Grigoryev, head of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk.

"As in previous cases of really well-preserved remains of prehistoric animals, the cause of death was drowning in mud which froze and turned into permafrost. A lot of mud and silt which the foal gulped during the last seconds of its life were found inside its gastrointestinal tract."

A detailed examination of the foal by scientists at the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk and the South Korean Sooam Biotech Research Foundation has revealed the preservation of hair, organs and now - according to the latest findings - actual liquid blood preserved within its heart valves.

The researchers are hoping to clone the species by extracting and growing viable somatic cells.

If this can be achieved, it would be a major step towards resurrecting the woolly mammoth.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (11)

Tags: Horse, Siberia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Myles on 17 April, 2019, 13:15
That's pretty cool.   Actual liquid from 42000 years ago.    I hope they successfully clone it.   
Comment icon #3 Posted by Essan on 17 April, 2019, 13:18
Presumably this was frozen blood
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 17 April, 2019, 21:28
We are losing living species and in the same time trying to revive some alive 40000 years ago...it look like some kind of paradox.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Unfortunately on 18 April, 2019, 4:15
Have to agree with this one, I understand it'd be quite a breakthrough but we should be focusing more on saving the animals that are dying off at alarming rates in the modern world, not the ones that have been dead for tens of millennia. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by joc on 18 April, 2019, 4:25
Now that  would be a trick....resurrecting the woolly mammoth from the blood of a horse!   
Comment icon #7 Posted by danydandan on 18 April, 2019, 6:29
Maybe it's a woolly horse? The grand national will never be the same!
Comment icon #8 Posted by kobolds on 18 April, 2019, 10:55
Horse steak VS mammoth steak
Comment icon #9 Posted by Myles on 18 April, 2019, 11:26
They are 2 separate things.   We can do both.   
Comment icon #10 Posted by Jon the frog on 18 April, 2019, 12:51
Yeah we can, it's like eating peanuts with chewing gum but it just feel strange.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles on 18 April, 2019, 12:53
I think it is more like putting gas in your car.    Your just going to burn through it, but you keep filling the tank.


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