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

April 17, 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)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Myles 3 years ago
That's pretty cool. Actual liquid from 42000 years ago. I hope they successfully clone it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Essan 3 years ago
Presumably this was frozen blood
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
Now that would be a trick....resurrecting the woolly mammoth from the blood of a horse!
Comment icon #7 Posted by danydandan 3 years ago
Maybe it's a woolly horse? The grand national will never be the same!
Comment icon #8 Posted by kobolds 3 years ago
Horse steak VSmammoth steak
Comment icon #9 Posted by Myles 3 years ago
They are 2 separate things. We can do both.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Yeah we can, it's like eating peanuts with chewing gum but it just feel strange.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles 3 years ago
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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