Government of Yukon
It was an amazing scene. Although buried more than 30,000 years ago, the baby mammoth found in the Yukon Territory of Canada still has hair, skin and ivory intact.
When gold miners discovered the remains this month, the extinct animal was covered in mud and resting in a fetal position. Geologists from the Yukon Geological Survey and the University of Calgary believe the mammoth calf was female and may have died in permafrost during the Ice Age.
The elders of Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin, whose ancestor found the mammoth in the land, named it Nun cho ga, which means “big baby animal” in the Han language. Yukon is known as a fossil, but geologists said in a news release how well this mammoth is well preserved. The remains are believed to be the most complete woolly mammoth found in North America. Before her, in 1948 partial remains of a baby uncle were found on the continent.
“Meeting a real woolly uncle face to face is one of my lifelong dreams. That dream has come true today. Nan Cho Ka is one of the most beautiful and incredibly mummified snow animals ever discovered in the world.” Said Ice Age archaeologist Grant Josula.
The baby mammoth, considered a relative of modern elephants, may have roamed with wild horses, cave lions and giant prairie bison, according to the news release.