Canadian gold miners find rare mummified baby woolly mammoth
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Members of the local Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation named the calf Nun cho ga, which means "big baby animal."
Paleontologist Grant Zazula said the little tyke, which retained its skin and hair, "is beautiful and one of the most incredible mummified ice age animals ever discovered in the world."
"I am excited to get to know her more," he said in a statement.
The animal is believed to be female and would have died during the ice age, more than 30,000 years ago when woolly mammoths roamed this region alongside wild horses, cave lions and giant steppe bison.
A partial mammoth calf, named Effie, was found in 1948 at a gold mine in Alaska's interior.
It noted that the Yukon has "a world-renowned fossil record of Ice Age animals, but mummified remains with skin and hair are rarely unearthed."