Scientists researching the body of a perfectly preserved 14,000-year-old Puppies (puppy) from the ice age have made an unlikely discovery — a fragment of what could be one of the last woolly rhinos in his stomach. Russian researchers first excavated a preserved, fuzzy canine body — which could be a dog or a wolf — from a site in Tumat, Siberia, in 2011.
An autopsy of a 14,000-year-old Puppies from the prehistoric era revealed that it had a most unusual final meal — a piece of what could be one of the last woolly rhinos. The 14,000-year-old perfectly preserved specimen — believed to be a young dog or wolf — was first uncovered by Russian scientists in Tumat, Siberia, in 2011, reported CNN. “It’s completely unheard of,” said Love Dalen, a genetics expert at Sweden’s Centre for Palaeogenetics who is studying the specimen. Researchers initially thought the yellow shard belonged to a cave lion, however new tests revealed it to be a woolly rhinoceros — a shaggy herbivore that roamed Europe and northern Asia during the Pleistocene epoch.
Through radiocarbon dating, scientists determined that the stomach sample was 14,400 years old, meaning that the particular rhino existed only a hundred years before the species was extinct. Throw in the fact that the ice puppy is around 14,000 years old and could potentially have “eating one of the last remaining woolly rhinos,” Dalen told CNN.
“We don’t know if it was a wolf, but if it was a wolf cub, maybe it came across a baby rhino that was dead, or the (adult) wolf ate the baby rhino,” he speculated. “Maybe as they were eating it, the mother rhino had her revenge.”