A two-month-old puppy, frozen for thousands of years in Siberian ice, may be the oldest mummified dog ever found. Scientists who evaluated this discovery claim the puppy, which was entirely preserved right down to the fur and even eyelashes, was frozen 18,000 years ago. Biologists debate when dog and wolf lineages split from each other, and this puppy, whom reachers dubbed Dogor (Yakutian for “friend”), seems to have been alive while the split was still in progress.
Even with genetic testing, researchers are unable to determine whether Dogor is a dog or a wolf. If he’s a dog, he’s the oldest one yet found—although, in a 6000-year-old world (as the Bible teaches) he was certainly frozen less than 18,000 years ago (unless they mean dog years).
Diversification between dogs and wolves is not an example of Darwinian evolution. From the beginning, the creator gave his creatures the genetic tools they would need to diversify in order to survive in many different environments and fill the earth as he commanded.
From wolves to Chihuahuas, all the wonderful variety we see today is part of God’s original design for variation within the dog kind.1
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.”Isaiah 11:6
References and Notes
- Mason, Dale, editor. “Frozen Puppy: Dog or Wolf?” Answers – Building a Biblical Worldview, Mar. 2020, pp. 23–23.