Updated 25.06.2022 at 13:35
- Gold diggers found a mummified baby mammoth in northwestern Canada.
- It is only the second mammoth cub discovered in the world.
- The paleontologist from the competent authority speaks of an “incredible scientific discovery”.
In northwestern Canada, gold miners found a well-preserved, mummified baby mammoth. The Yukon government and indigenous Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in said on Friday (local time) that workers had discovered a young female on Tuesday during excavations in permafrost in the golden fields of the Klondike. It is “the most complete mummified mammoth found in North America.”
The elders of the people of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in gave him the name Nun cho ga (in English: big child animal). Geologists from CA and the University of Calgary suspect that Nun cho ga died during the ice age and was frozen in permafrost more than 30,000 years old.
Wavy mammoths have inhabited Eurasia and later North America for hundreds of thousands of years. This species became extinct on land about 13,000 years ago – on some Arctic islands only a few thousand years later.
The mammoth cub was about a month old when he died
No cho ga is an “incredible scientific discovery,” said paleontologist Grant Zazula of the Global News television office. Hair and skin were preserved. “When you look at her feet, she has tiny toenails and toes that haven’t fully grown yet.” It is about 140 centimeters long. An initial investigation revealed that she was about a month old when she died.
It is only the second mammoth cub to be discovered worldwide, the report said. In 1948, parts of a mammoth calf named Effie were found in a gold mine in the US state of Alaska. (dpa / ska)
In 2021, a new species of dinosaur was found, the lost city was rediscovered and a “cake mummy” was discovered. Archaeologists have also made great discoveries in the sunken city of Pompeii.