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Mummified ice age wolf pup & caribou calf found in Yukon (PHOTOS) — RT World News



The 50,000-year-old mummified remains of two ice-age animals, a caribou calf and a wolf cub, have been unveiled in the Canadian territory of Yukon with still intact fur, skin and muscle tissue .

The specimens, among the oldest mummified soft tissues in the world, were brought to light south-east of the city of Dawson, Yukon, by the permafrost gold miners.

"They are spectacular, they are world class, and we" are very enthusiastic about them "said paleontologist governor Yukon Grant Zazula.

The discoveries of bones and fossils of the Ice Age were often found in the Yukon, however, the mummified carcasses are extremely rare, says Zazula, so rare, in fact, that he believes that it is the " only wolf mummified glacial age ever found in the world ." [1

9659004] In addition, Zazula says it might be the oldest soft tissue in the world because caribou was found in an area comprising an 80,000-year-old volcanic ash bed.

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" These are ashes that are found in the permafrost of the volcanoes in Alaska exploded during the era glacial "he said." We think this is one of the oldest mummified soft tissues in the whole world . "

Both samples were discovered within a month's time from one to the other in mid-2016. The wolf cub, estimated at no more than eight weeks when he died, is complete with head , tail, fur and skin intact.The caribou remains includes the torso of the animal, the head and the forelimbs

The miners, who have made the fascinating of scoveries, have immediately reported their findings to researchers for study and conservation, according to the Yukon government.

They were accepted by the Canadian Conservation Institute and have recently been exhibited at the Dánojà Zho Cultural Center in Dawson City, where you stay for the rest of the month before being incorporated into an exhibition at the Beringia Interpretive Center in Whitehorse


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