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PostWed Apr 17, 2019 2:36 pm 
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Scientists have managed to thaw and recover *liquid* blood, still red, from the corpse of a 42,000 year old foal found frozen in the permafrost of Siberia.



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Permafrost preserved the ‘oldest blood in the world’ boosting hopes of bringing extinct species back to life.

Semyon Grigoryev, head of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, said today: ‘The autopsy shows beautifully preserved internal organs.

‘Samples of liquid blood were taken from heart vessels - it was preserved in the liquid state for 42,000 years thanks to favourable burial conditions and permafrost.

‘The muscle tissues preserved their natural reddish colour.

‘We can now claim that this is the best preserved Ice Age animal ever found in the world.’

Dr Grigoryev revealed in an interview with TASS that the foal is in an exceptional condition without any visible damage.

‘This is extremely rare for paleontological finds, because some of them are either incomplete, fragmented, with serious body deformations or strongly mummified,’ said the expert.

‘The foal’s hair is intact on its head, legs and part of its body.

‘Its tail and mane are black, the rest of the foal’s body is bay.

‘Having preserved hair is another scientific sensation as all previous ancient horses were found without hair.’


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PostWed Apr 17, 2019 3:49 pm 
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Something that well preserved deserves a attempt of mouth to mouth resuscitation

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PostThu Apr 18, 2019 1:56 pm 
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"Hopefully, the world will soon meet the clone of the ancient foal who lived 42,000 years ago" - a hint that enough DNA is salvageable to make this possible?

Welcome to Pleistocene Park, published two years ago in the Atlantic and alluded to in your title, is worth a read for anyone interested in this stuff.  Cloning these ancient critters still seems a long way off, but no longer completely in the domain of science fiction.
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PostThu Apr 18, 2019 2:13 pm 
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Weird, I've never heard of that book! I just thought it made a funny title...

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