From the Farriers’ Journal

The foal that defied decomposition (see article below) is believed to have died from natural causes, having no visible wounds at 2 months old, according to Live Science.

Grigory Savvinov, deputy head of the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, Russia, told The Siberian Times “the foal must have fallen into some kind of natural trap.” Other experts concluded that the foal could’ve drowned after falling victim to the trap. 

In the area of Russia where the foal was found, other wild horses roam the hills; however, the type of horse that the foal was does not match those around today. In fact, the foal belonged to an extinct species that lived in the region 30,000 to 40,000 years ago, according to Semyon Grigoryev, director of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Russia. “This was called the Lenskaya, or Lena Horse (Equus lenensis), genetically different from those living in Yakutia now,” according to The Siberian Times.

In addition to understanding the foal’s species, scientists will be able to determine the foal’s diet and environment through its preserved organs and woolly coat. As scientists run more tests, they hope to learn more about these equine predecessors. 

Watch video footage of scientists performing tests on the foal.

 Photos: Michil Yakovlev/SVFU/The Siberian Times


A preserved foal from the Paleolithic period has been uncovered in Siberia.

Scientists from North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk and Kindai University in Japan found the foal at the Batagai depression in the Yakutia region. It was completely preserved in permafrost, with internal organs and hair still intact and no visible wounds.

The foal was about 3 months old when it died and is estimated to be approximately 40,000 years old.

Preserved samples of soil levels were also obtained from the site where the body was found, which  researchers will be able to use to better understand the environment the foal lived in.

“This is the first find in the world of a prehistoric horse of such a young age and with such an amazing level of preservation,” Semyon Grigoryev, head of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, told the Siberian Times.

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