Scientists have discovered liquid blood in the carcass of an extinct foal kept in Siberian permafrost for 42,000 years, it was announced today.
It is believed to be the oldest blood ever found in the world – bringing people's hopes back to life for the long-lost Lenskaya species of the prehistoric horse.
The discovery was made by an international team of scientists hoping to clone the extinct woolly mammoth out of permafrost frozen genetic material.
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A picture shows the ice age ice in a test tube in a coldest laboratory in Yakutsk city in the World. The discovery was made by an international team of scientists hoping to clone the extinct woolly mammoth out of permafrost frozen genetic material.
Dr. Grigoryev, head of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, said the autopsy of the foal shows "beautifully preserved internal organs". The prehistoric baby horse died of drowning at the age of less than two weeks, he said . They've already shown that they're "confident" in extracting cells from this old foal to clone their species and bring them back to life.
Dr. Grigoryev, head of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, said the foal autopsy showed "beautifully preserved internal organs".
The prehistoric baby horse died at the age of less than two weeks when he drowned, he said.
"Samples of liquid blood were taken from cardiac vessels – it was kept in a liquid state for 42,000 years, thanks to favorable burial conditions and permafrost," he said, "The Siberian Times."
"Muscle tissues retained their natural reddish color
" We can now claim that this is the best preserved animal of the Ice Age ever found in the world. "
Dr Grigoryev noted that the foal is in an exceptional condition with no visible damage.
"This is extremely rare for paleontological findings, because some of them are either incomplete, fragmented, with severe deformities of the body or strongly mummified," he said.
There is no artistic impression of the exact species Lemskaya – of which the 42.00 year old foal belongs – but it is The Yakutian Horse
The foal was originally dug out of permafrost last summer, but the blood was not extracted until February 28th. Their discovery has been kept secret until today
. It is believed to be the oldest blood ever found in the world – raising hopes of re-cloning the long-lived Lenskaya species of the prehistoric horse. Pictured: Researchers analyze the blood sample of the foal
The work is so advanced that the team is said to have already selected a surrogate mother for the historical role of the birth of the old horse.
The int The research team is led by South Korean clone expert Professor Hwang Woo Suk, who is also heavily involved in using remnants of permafrost-conserved woolly mammoths to bring the giants back to life.
"The hair of the foal is intact, legs and part of his body.
"The tail and mane are black, the rest of the foal's body is bay.
" Conserving hair is another scientific sensation, as all previous horses without hair were found. "
Russian scientists collaborate with experts from the South Korean Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.
" Our studies showed that the foal was one to two weeks old at the time of death and was therefore recently born, "said Drs. Grigoryev.
"As in earlier cases of well-preserved remains of prehistoric animals, the cause of death drowned in the mud, which solidified and became permafrost."
"A lot of mud and silt the foal swallowed the last seconds of his Life we found in his gastrointestinal tract. "
Michil Yakovlev, publisher of the university's media, said," Hopefully, the world will soon meet the clone of the old foal that lived 42,000 years ago.
The foal was The blood was originally dug out of permafrost last summer, but blood was not collected until the 28th of February.
The discovery was kept secret until today.
Six years ago, blood was found in a mammoth carcass on the island of Malolyakhovskiy, dating back to 28,000 years.
Other – some older – samples taken from mammoths proved to be insufficient for cloning.
The scientists will use closely related modern horses (image) that resemble the extinct Lenskaya race and in live in the same region to act as surrogate parent to the clone. It might be the first step in finding out how to restore the old woolly mammoth, and would look similar to today's animals.
Scientists have said they are "confident" in taking out cells extract a 42,000-year-old extinct foal to bring its prehistoric species back to life, reports
BACK TO LIFE?
The prehistoric foal died of drowning when it was less than two weeks old and was preserved in Siberian permafrost.
The bright, ginger-colored foal had been preserved in near-perfect condition in Siberian permafrost for 42,170 years, experts say.
She is 9.3 hands tall and has been caught in permafrost since her death.
The foal was discovered in the Batagaika crater, a huge depth of 100 meters, in the East Siberian taiga.
After several months of intensive work on the frozen baby horse, a joint Russian-South Korean research team is growing optimistic to receive the cells needed to clone the dying, cold-resistant Lenskaya race, which died out about 4,000 years ago  The work is so advanced that the team supposedly selects a mother for the historical role of the birth of the old horse.
The international research team is led by South Korean clone expert Professor Hwang Woo-suk, who is also heavily involved in using remnants of permafrost-conserved woolly mammoths to bring the giants back to life.
They have been able to get liquid blood, hair and DNA from the animal and hope to implant some of the DNA in a donor animal to make the clone.
The remains belong to a Lenskaya horse that was extinct long ago, but closely related to some surviving today's horses still living in the area.
an international team of scientists (pictured) who hope to clone the extinct woolly mammoth out of permafrost frozen genome using the same technique as the Lenskaya horse sample (picture)