Perfectly Preserved Sheep Mummified In A Salt Mine From 1600 Years Ago

At a salt mine located in Chehrābād in Iran, they found the remains of a 1600-year-old mummified sheep.

Archaeologists were excited about that find because the salt had perfectly preserved the remains of that animal.

Geneticists from the Trinity College Dublin worked with archaeologists around the world to document the amazing find. A report was published about it in Biology Letters, a peer-reviewed international journal.

Photo: The Royal Society Publishing

According to Science Daily, Conor Rossi, who took part in the study, had the following to say about the find: “The astounding integrity of the DNA was not like anything we had encountered from ancient bones and teeth before.”

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He went on to say how rare it was for mummified remains to be found and these tissues were well preserved.

Photo: The Royal Society Publishing

Geneticists are looking at the sheep as a bridge to help them understand more about how humans and animals interacted thousands of years ago.

According to Science Daily, the supervisor of the study, Dr. Kevin G Daly, revealed that it is possible to learn a lot about ancient cultures and what they valued in animals.

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The information they gathered from this study showed that people living approximately 1600 years ago in Iran likely managed sheep for food. It was also noted that the sheep was very similar to other sheep found in the modern-day region.

Rossi also noted that the preservation of the DNA, along with the unique “meta-genomic profile,” indicates how the environment plays a large part in the decay of DNA.

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