The cold preserved his body whole.
Canadian miners are found on the coast of the Yukon river the mummified remains of a cub and calf caribou that died 50,000 years ago, at the height of the last glaciation, reports the Chronicle.info with reference on 2+2.
During the last ice age the territory of modern Canada almost completely covered with ice shield, but in the basin of the Yukon river ice was smaller, so the margin of the river is characterized by a great diversity of species. These places are rich with mammoths, mastodons and saber-toothed cats, as well as many modern species, including caribou and wolves.
In 2016, the two groups of workers-miners, independently from each other found in the upper reaches of the river the remains of a cub of a wolf and a fragment of the body of the fawn, well-preserved in the cold climate. Findings are immediately transferred to the researchers; this fall the study of the remains has been completed and now they will be transferred to the Museum.
The mummy of a cub found in the Yukon, is a particularly valuable finding: to date, this is the only mummified remains of ice age wolf. According to paleontologist Grant of Sasoli, who was involved in the study of the remains, he and his colleagues have a large quantity of skeletal remains of ice age animals, but preserved soft tissues – a rarity for this region.
The cub was born fifty thousand years ago. The cold preserved his body completely, from head to tail, including soft tissues – hair, skin and muscles. Veterinarians determined his age at time of death: the cub lived only eight months.