In 1975, a well preserved “dog-like” skull was found in the Razboinichya Cave (in the Altai Mountains in Siberia). Because this skull was so well preserved, it provided opportunities for study between this animal, dogs, and wolves.
This cave was a home to many other archeological finds. There were bones from numerous other mammals, from reptiles, amphibians, and fish. About 71, 290 mammalian bones and fragments were uncovered and removed from this site. The “dog like” skull was found among the bones of foxes, cave hyenas, and gray wolves.
But what exactly was this skull?
After extensive analysis, the pooch in the cave was found to be most similar to fully domesticated dogs from Greenland that existed 1000 years ago. The Razboinichya Rover was unlike wolves, both modern and ancient.
They look at the skull shape, the arrangement of the teeth, and so forth. The short and relatively broad snout and the tight teeth, both indicate that this animal is more dog than wolf. The only slight anonamly is that the teeth of the Razboinichya canid is inconsistent with the Greenland domesticated dog. In all other measurements, this canid is a dead-ringer. Continue reading