Miners at the Klondike Gold Mine in the North Canada succeeded in finding a rare pearl. Their excavations found the mummy of a baby Mammoth almost intact.
Members of the local Tr’ondek Hwech’in tribe named this baby mammoth Nun cho ga, meaning “big baby animal.”
Paleontologist Grant Zazula said this baby’s mummy could maintain the integrity of its skin and hair.
“(This baby) is stunningly beautiful and one of the most extraordinary Ice Age animal mummies ever found anywhere in the world,” he said in a statement. AFP.[Gambas:Video CNN]
“I’m happy to get to know him better,” he added.
The body of a baby mammoth was found during excavations in the southern permafrost area of Dawson City, in the Yukon region of Canada. This area borders the state of Alaska, United States.
This large animal is believed to be female and died during the Ice Age over 30,000 years ago. During this period, woolly mammoths roamed the area along with wild horses, cave lions, and giant steppe bison.
The discovery of this ancient animal marks the first nearly complete and well-preserved woolly mammoth mummy to be found in North America.
Previously, a small mammoth named Effie was found in 1948 in a gold mine in backcountry Alaska.
Then a 42,000-year-old baby mammoth mummy known as Lyuba was also discovered in Siberia in 2007. According to Yukon regional authorities, Lyuba and Nun cho ga are about the same size.
The Yukon region itself is said to have an array of world famous Ice Age animal fossils, but mummified remains with skin and hair are rare in this region.
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