Bioengineering is nothing new. Hybrid animals existed thousands of years ago. Archaeologists have recently discovered the skeleton of an ancient bioengineered animal. It is about 4500 years old.
In ancient times it was called Kung. Whether it was a horse or a donkey is not certain, but it was similar to the wild donkey found in Syria. Scientists are so surprised by this discovery that they do not understand how science existed thousands of years ago.
Domestic donkeys were hybridized with wild donkeys for war in Mesopotamia, according to a new study. That is, bioengineered hybrid animals were created 4,500 years ago. The hybrid horse was used for this purpose 500 years later. This research was done at the Jacques Monod Institute in Paris. The research was recently published in the journal Science Advances.
Scientists discovered that the skeleton’s DNA belonged to Kungus. It is not yet known what he will do after leaving office. The Kung used to pull the chariots used during the war. Apart from this, it also used to transport goods. Because its height was low and it could run fast.
According to Eva-Maria Gigel, a genomicist at the Jacques Monod Institute, the skeleton was found to be a horse-like creature. But it was not set according to the body structure of the donkey. Nor was he like the wild donkey of Aram. It was somehow different from these creatures. But what kind of difference it was, it is difficult to say. “We’re still researching this, taking references from older documents and artwork,” Giggle said.
According to Eva-Maria Giggle, Kungas was a very powerful, fast and impotent creature. The kungus is believed to be a hybrid of a female donkey and a Syrian wild male donkey or hamian. Ancient documents state that kungs were very expensive creatures. Developing Thimaha was also a complicated process. Since this organism was impotent, it would not have a second generation. Since it could not produce new offspring, the new cultivars were hybridized in a bioengineered way.
Kungas is mentioned in many ancient Mesopotamian documents, manuscripts, inscriptions and artifacts. It used to pull four wheeled chariots during the war. The Sumerian Mosaic, kept in the British Museum in London, contains ancient paintings. So the scientist thinks it was a small donkey at that time, how it was made, research is going on. see photos below