Rare discovery in Canada of a mummified baby woolly mammoth: it would have died more than... 30,000 years ago
Steph Deschamps / June 26, 2022
Workers in the Klondike gold fields in Canada's far north have made a rare discovery: the mummified remains of a nearly complete baby woolly mammoth.
It is beautiful and is one of the most incredible mummified animals of the Ice Age discovered in the world, assured in a statement the paleontologist Grant Zazula, enthusiastic at the idea of knowing more soon about this baby, probably a female baptized Nun cho ga for big baby animal in native language, and whose skin and hair are intact.
The remains were found while digging through the permafrost south of Dawson City, in the Yukon Territory, which borders the U.S. Alaska.
The animal would have died more than 30,000 years ago when the region was roamed by woolly mammoths, wild horses, cave lions and giant steppe bison.
This is the first nearly complete mummified mammoth found in North America in such a good state of preservation. Part of the remains of a baby mammoth nicknamed Effie were found in 1948 in an Alaskan gold mine, and a 42,000-year-old mummified specimen in Siberia in 2007, nicknamed Lyuba, was the same size as the last one found.
The Yukon Territory is known around the world for its ice age animal fossils, but mummified remains with skin and hair are rarely unearthed, the Yukon government said.