Gold miners working in Canada’s Yukon territory in 2016 discovered two mummified ice-age mammals – a wolf pup and a caribou – that were kept amazingly intact by the permafrost. Carbon-dating placed the specimens at over 50,000 years old.
"They’re spectacular, they’re world-class, and we’re definitely really excited about them," said Yukon government paleontologist Grant Zazula.
Ice age bones and fossils are often found in Yukon, but mummified carcasses are extremely rare, according to Zazula.
"To our knowledge this is the only mummified ice age wolf ever found in the world."
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(Photo: Government of Yukon)