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Russian scientists on Monday unveiled a prehistoric puppy, believed to be 18,000 years old, that was found in permafrost in the country's Far East. Discovered last year in a lump of frozen mud near the city of Yakutsk, the puppy is unusually well-preserved.

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"This puppy has all its limbs, pelage – fur, even whiskers. The nose is visible. There are teeth. We can determine due to some data that it is a male," Nikolai Androsov, director of the Northern World private museum where the remains are stored, said at the presentation at the Yakutsk's Mammoth Museum.

The pup was dubbed "Dogor," a Yakutian word for friend. It appears to have died when it was two months old.

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Tests showed the puppy to be roughly 18,000 years old, but further tests led researchers to more questions.

"We have now generated a nearly complete genome sequence from it and normally when you have a two-fold coverage genome, which is what we have, you should be able to relatively easily say whether it’s a dog or a wolf, but we still can’t say and that makes it even more interesting," Love Dalén, professor of evolutionary genetics at the center, said.

The scientists are set to do a third round of genome sequencing, which they hope will solve the mystery, he added.

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