These incredible mummified animals were dug up in Canada and are 50000 years old
Gold miners in Canadaâs remote Yukon region have discovered more than just some precious metal.
Two mummified animals, dating back to the ice age, were discovered back in 2016 and have just been unveiled to the public.
A wolf pup and a caribou calf, both with fur, skin and muscle tissue intact, were revealed at a ceremony last week. Carbon dating shows the pair are more than 50,000 years old.
While only the front half of the caribou was found, the wolf is complete and gives us an incredibly detailed look at a creature thatâs thousands of years old.
âTheyâre spectacular, theyâre world-class, and weâre definitely really excited about them,â said Grant Zazula, a local palaeontologist working with the Yukon government.
âTo our knowledge, this is the only mummified ice age wolf ever found in the world,â he said.Advertisement Advertisement
According to a veterinarian that studied the wolf, it was only about eight weeks old when it died. Both creatures lived in a cold, dry time period and have since been preserved by the permafrost.
âThese are ashes that are found in the permafrost from volcanoes in Alaska that erupted during the ice age,â Zazula told Canadian news site CBC.
âWe think this is some of the oldest mummified soft tissue in the entire world.â he said.
Both specimens are currently on display in Dawson City, in the Yukon in northwest Canada but will eventually be sent to the Canadian Conservation Institute for further research.
Scientists will be able to learn more about how animals coped in that environment and potentially unlock clues about other species that were around at the same time, such as the woolly mammoth.AdvertisementSource: Google News Canada | Netizen 24 Canada