A 42,000-year-old Mummified Foal!

A small foal who died some 42,000 years ago has been found in the Batagaika crater in Yukutia , Northern Russia. The perfectly preserved remains of the foal are thought to be the long extinct Lenskaya horse. The foal is perfectly preserved due to having been buried in mud which then froze and has remained frozen for millennia.

Foal mummy

Horses have been with us for tens of thousands of years. Another proof of this is the cave drawing in the Chauvet Cave in France.

These very artistic paintings show us that horses were a source of inspiration for artists 30,000 years ago.

Horses and humans have journeyed together for …. who knows how long?

32 Comments Add yours

  1. Laleh Chini says:

    That’s incredible.

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  2. Mark Tulin says:

    Maybe man and woman’s best friend was originally a horse.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Ah….now there’s an idea!

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    2. da-AL says:

      Anne – fascinating! Mark – quite possible! at the risk of sounding stupid – just wondering as I haven’t had good fortune of being with horses – are their personalities much like those of dogs?

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      1. anne leueen says:

        Horses all have individual personalities so in that respect they are much like dogs. The main difference is that horses are prey animals and dogs and humans are predators. We are a natural pairing with dogs but not with horses. It is one of the amazing things about horses that they agree to bond with us and form relationships. Horses are also not usually kept in the house with us and I am grateful for that as I would not want my horse to be getting into bed with me.😄

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        1. da-AL says:

          how interesting! my dog is too big (& easily woken by the least soudn) to get in bed with me lol!

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  3. Amy says:

    Who know how long… Horses is an important part of human history! Thank you for the post!

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  4. iScriblr says:

    Wow! So interesting! Wondrous ways of nature!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is pretty amazing. Thanks for this comment.

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  5. Emma Cownie says:

    I read elsewhere that scientists are trying to clone this foal using tissue from his body.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I have also seem this. I chose not to mention it in this post as they would have to do the cloning with another horse still in existence. There are some horses that are close descendants but even if the succeed the horse that would result would not be the same as the little foal. However I feel sure they will make some efforts. I think that they are trying to do some cloning to preserve something of the rhino that is now extinct so the technology is already in the works.

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        I have mixed feelings about the cloning business…some times I think scientists muck about with stuff to enhance their reputations rather than to improve the world.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          I agree. Scientists and politicians are more interested in their own careers being furthered than in what is int he best interest of the people or in this case the animals . But don’t get me started on the politicians thing……!!!!

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          1. Emma Cownie says:

            Yes, I think we can all do a lot of ranting about dreadful polticians!!!

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  6. It is amazing how nature can preserve so well.

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  7. Claire M says:

    Wow! So interesting! Thanks to you for posting such fascinating information!👏

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome!

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  8. Judy says:

    How remarkable to see the fur!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes! I have also read that they were able to find liquid blood in his body as well.

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  9. dprastka says:

    That is mind boggling!! 42,000 years old. Can’t believe how well preserved! 😯😀

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is amazing . He looks so small and yet so perfect.

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  10. Laura says:

    I love findings like this, what an amazing discovery and great story, thanks Anne for sharing such vital historical information.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome. I find it very interesting too.

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  11. Megala says:

    Wow! This is amazing!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  12. newblogger20 says:

    So cool! Sad 😔 but cool ❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The little fellow looks so perfect. He would not have known that all this time later he would be so famous. Thanks for commenting.

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      1. newblogger20 says:

        Your welcome! Love your blog, and the fact it’s horsy just makes it tick even more boxes for me! Horses rule ❤️

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