The paleontologist said the woolly woolly mammoth was ‘one of the most amazingly mummified ice age animals ever discovered in the world’.
Miners in Canada’s northernmost Klondike gold fields have made a rare discovery, digging up the mummified remains of a nearly complete woolly mammoth.
Members of the local Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation named the calf Nun cho ga, which means “big animal”.
Paleontologist Grant Zazula said in a statement on Saturday that the small scarab, which retains its skin and fur, “is very beautiful and is one of the most amazingly mummified Ice Age animals. the most ever discovered in the world”.
“I’m happy to get to know her better,” he said.
The remains of a baby mammoth were discovered on June 21 during excavations through the permafrost south of Dawson City in Canada’s Yukon Territory, which borders the US state of Alaska.
The animal is thought to be female and would have died out during the ice age, more than 30,000 years ago when woolly mammoths roamed the area alongside wild horses, cave lions and giant savannah bison.
Zazula told CBC television that Nun for ga was probably about a month old when she died, most likely after getting stuck in the mud.
This discovery marks the first almost complete and best-preserved woolly mammoth ever found in North America.
A partial mammoth named Effie was found in 1948 in a gold mine in inland Alaska.
According to the Yukon government, a 42,000-year-old mummified woolly mammoth, called Lyuba, was also discovered in Siberia in 2007. Lyuba and Nun for ga are roughly the same size, according to the Yukon government. .
It notes that the Yukon has “a world-renowned fossil record of Ice Age animals, but skin and hair mummies have rarely been excavated”.