Wednesday, August 17, 2022

A ‘near complete’ mummified baby woolly mammoth discovered in Canada’s goldfield

The Trondic Huacin elders, a First Nations group who have lived along the Yukon River for millennia, named the giant calf Nun Cho Ga, which means “big baby animal” in the Han language.

Roberta Joseph, the head of Trondok Hawkeye, called the discovery a “remarkable recovery for our First Nation” in the release.

“We look forward to cooperating with the Yukon government in the process of moving forward with these relics, which respect our traditions, culture and laws. We are grateful to the elders who have been guiding us so far and The name he provided,” Joseph said.

According to the release, the child is female and probably died during the ice age 30,000 years ago. While a partial giant calf was found in Alaska in 1948, Nun Cha Go is the first and best preserved mummified woolly mammoth found in North America.

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“It’s amazing,” said Trondik Hwachine Elder Peggy Kormendi in the news release. “When they removed the tarpaulin, I took my breath away. We should all respect that.”

Recovering the mummified calf requires cooperation between Treadstone Mining, Trondik Hwachine and the government of the Yukon, the release said.

“As an Ice Age paleontologist, it has been one of my lifetime dreams to encounter a real woolly mammoth,” Yukon paleontologist Grant ZaZula said in the release. “That dream came true today. Nun Cho Ga is beautiful and one of the most incredible mummified Ice Age animals ever discovered in the world. I’m excited to get to know her more.”

Scientists believe the woolly mammoth that roamed North America along with wild horses, cave lions and giant bison became extinct 4,000 years ago. As an adult, Nun Cho Ga could have been as tall as 13 feet at the shoulder.
On Twitter, geomorphologist Dan Sugar described his own experience Helped the mummified child to recover, and noted the “incredible” protection of his toe nails, skins, hair, proboscis and intestines.

“Being part of the recovery of Nun Cho Ga, the baby woolly mammoth found in the permafrost in Klondike this week (on the solstice and Indigenous People’s Day!), was the most exciting scientific thing I’ve ever been a part of, bar no,” He has written.

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