A caribou mummified in permafrost was discovered at a site that contains a volcanic ash bed that dates to approximately 80,000 years ago. The caribou calf was found on a gold mine on Paradise Hill in June 2016. It includes nearly the entire front half of the caribou carcass, including torso, head and two front limbs and with skin, muscle and hair intact.
Researchers will be genetic testing designed to provide insights on the ancient animals’ diets, which in turn reveal information about their Ice Age environment, and analysis of the pair’s bone composition.
Among the earliest specimens ever been uncovered in an Arctic region.
It is extremely rare to find intact ice age animals in the Yukon.