If you take pride in looking good for your age, then wait until you get a load of this 40,000-year-old horse. This poor little dude was recently discovered near the Siberian town of Yakutia, which some claim is the oldest city in the world. It all began when a team of Japanese-Russian scientists started digging around, hoping to find some clues as to what the lives of ancient woolly mammoths entailed. What they ended up coming across instead was possibly even cooler.
The Batagai Depression’s hidden treasures
The team ended up stumbling across the insanely well-preserved body of the baby horse while scavenging through the Batagai Depression. In case you’re not familiar, the Batagai Depression is basically this giant crater which the locals have always viewed with skepticism. Some even refer to it as the “Mouth of Hell.” Spooky.
Anyway, they ended up discovering this adorable little ancient horse who had been mummified by the icy conditions that had served as its grave. They reported that the little guy would have been about 37 inches tall and was estimated to be about 2-3 months old before he met his unfortunate end.
Not your average pony
The good news is that he managed to stay so well preserved that his skin, tail, hooves, and even his hair are still intact. One of the researchers stressed that this is not your average modern horse.
He explained, “…this is the foal of a type of horse that populated Yakutia between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago,” said Grigoryev. “This was called the Lenskaya, or Lena Horse (Equus lenensis), genetically different from those living in Yakutia now.” Just so nobody gets confused or anything.
That’s not all, folks!
As it turns out, the foal wasn’t the only discovery made by the team. They also uncovered a mummified pygmy mammoth that may have belonged to a previously undiscovered species. Unfortunately, a rogue polar bear made its 50,000-year-old leg, cause who doesn’t love leftovers right?
They also came across a mummified cave lion cub and a strawberry blond baby woolly rhino. Though it may not have been a great place for prehistoric baby animals, the site has proven to be a goldmine for scientists looking to study their millennia-old remains.