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Spectacular young wolf and caribou from the ice age excavated in Canada

Spectacular young wolf and caribou from the ice age excavated in Canada

The Klondike region of Canada is famous for its gold, but now other notable ancient treasures have been excavated from the melting permafrost.

Two mummified glacial mammals – a wolf boy and a caribou calf – were discovered in 2016 by gold miners in the area and unveiled on Thursday at a ceremony in Dawson in Yukon area.

It is extremely rare that fur, skin and muscle tissues are stored in the fossil record, but all three are present on these specimens, which are dated with radiocarbon to over 50,000 years old.

The wolf boy is preserved in its entirety, including exceptional details of the head, the tail, the legs, the skin and the hair. The caribou calf is partially preserved, with head, trunk and two front limbs intact.

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