Mummified baby woolly mammoth found in Canada by gold miners
- Gold miners in Canada found the body of infant woolly mammoth
- It was the finest preserved fossil ever found in North America.
- It is believed to be frozen 30,000 years ago
A mummified woolly mammoth was discovered by gold miners in Canada. According to the Yukon government and Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin, a local traditional territory, a gold miner in Canada on Tuesday found an almost fully mummified infant woolly mammoth. The female infant was given the name Nuncho Ga, which in Hän means "large baby animal."
The woolly mammoth was found to be the finest preserved fossil ever found in North America. The creature was reportedly discovered on Tuesday by miners who were sifting through permafrost.
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Geologists from the University of Calgary and the Yukon Geological Survey discovered the mammoth, which they assume perished and was frozen during the last ice age, which ended more than 30,000 years ago. When she was alive, she presumably travelled the Yukon with wild horses, cave lions, and giant steppe bison.
According to the official news release, Nuncho Ga is the first almost complete and best-preserved mummified woolly mammoth unearthed in North America. Similar discoveries have also been made in Alaska. Alaskan authorities discovered Effie, a second partially-grown calf, in 1948. And in 2007, Siberia reported the discovery of Lyuba, a 42,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth mummy. According to the news statement, Nun Cho Ga is similar in size to Lyuba.
Woolly mammoths inhabited North America, Asia, and Europe between around 300,000 and 10,000 years ago, according to National Geographic; some researchers believe they vanished as recently as 4,000 years ago. Although data from 2021 reveals otherwise, it has long been believed that humans are to blame for the extinction of this species.
"Nun Cho ga is beautiful and one of the most incredible mummified ice age animals ever discovered. I am excited to get to know her more." Dr Grant Zazula, a paleontologist in Yukon stated, "As an ice age palaeontologist, it has been one of my lifelong dreams to come face to face with a real woolly mammoth. That dream came true today,"