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Mummified baby woolly mammoth found by gold miner in the Klondike


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On June 21, 2022, a near complete, mummified baby woolly mammoth was found in the Klondike gold fields within Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Traditional Territory. Miners working on Eureka Creek uncovered the frozen woolly mammoth while excavating through the permafrost. This is a significant discovery for Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin and the Government of Yukon. Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Elders named the mammoth calf Nun cho ga, meaning “big baby animal” in the Hän language.

The Yukon has a world-renowned fossil record of ice age animals, but mummified remains with skin and hair are rarely unearthed. Nun cho ga is the most complete mummified mammoth found in North America.

https://yukon.ca/en/news/mummified-baby-woolly-mammoth-found-gold-miner-klondike

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-61936818

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Image shows the whole baby woolly mammoth

Photo credit: Yukon Government

Edited by Eldorado
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