Mummified mammoth found in Klondike gold mines

The discovery was made on June 21, 2022 by the miners of a mining company working in gold mines at

territory of Tshondaek-Khvachin, a self-governing communityKhan Indians living along the Klondike River. The elders of the community named the cub Nong cho ga, which means “big animal cub” in Han language.

Geologists examined the remains of a frozen mammothand tentatively suggested that Nong cho ga died and was frozen in the permafrost during the last ice age about 30,000 years ago. The researchers note that the found cub is a female and she was from 30 to 35 days old at the time of death.

Photo: Yukon government

Fossils discovered in the YukonIce Age animals, but mummified remains with skin and hair are rarely found. Nong cho ga is the second fully preserved baby woolly mammoth found in the world. The first is the baby mammoth Lyuba, discovered in Yamal in 2007.

“She has a trunk. She has a tail.She has tiny ears. She has a small prehensile end of her trunk with which she can grab grass. She's perfect and beautiful," paleontologist Grant Zazula, who researched Noon cho ga, said in an interview with CBC-Radio Canada.

Photo: Yukon Government

Researchers from the Tshondaek Khwechin community jointlywith the government of Yukon will continue to study the baby mammoth. Geologists hope that the preserved remains will provide insight into the time when Nung Cho Ga roamed the Yukon with wild horses, cave lions and giant prairie bison.

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