Rare, Mummified Ice Age Wolf Pup And Caribou Dug Up In Canada

For all of the Talk that doesn't fit elsewhere.

Moderators: caedmon, Greg

User avatar
Harper
Amrod Rhandir
Posts: 455
Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:11 pm

Rare, Mummified Ice Age Wolf Pup And Caribou Dug Up In Canada

Postby Harper » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:28 pm

-

Not really ME related, but I thought that some here might find this article interesting:

Rare, mummified Ice Age wolf pup and caribou dug up in Canada
By Christopher Carbone | Fox News

Image

Two stunningly preserved ice age mammals were unearthed by gold miners in northwest Canada and unveiled in a ceremony on Thursday.

A wolf pup and a caribou calf were found by the miners in the Yukon territory in 2016 in the area's melting permaforst.

It's exceedlingly rare for fur, skin and muscle tissues to be preserved in the fossil record, but all three are present on these specimens, which have radiocarbon-dated to more than 50,000 years old, reports the Guardian.

The wolf pup is reportedly preserved in its entirety, including exceptional details of the head, tail, paws, skin and hair, while the caribou calf is partially preserved, with head, torso and two front limbs intact.

“To our knowledge, this is the only mummified ice age wolf ever found in the world,” Grant Zazula, a local palaeontologist working with the Yukon government, told the British publication.

Julie Meachen, a carnivore morphologist who works with Ice Age mammals at Des Moines University and will soon be doing research on the wolf pup, told the Guardian: “When Grant sent me the pictures and asked me to participate I was really, really excited. I was sort of beside myself.

“We want to do an ancient DNA test to see who it’s related to and look at its microbiome to see if there are gut bacteria still there,” said Meachen.

Image

The mummified remains of the caribou. (Government of Yukon)

Other researchers around the world reacted with similar excitement to the discovery of this ancient predator and its prey, which are well enough preserved to allow for future investigation of factors such as cause of death, diet, health, age and genetics.

Elsa Panciroli, a palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Ice Age wolf bones are relatively common in the Yukon, but having an animal preserved with skin and fur is just exceptional – you just want to reach out and stroke it. It’s an evocative glimpse into the Ice Age world.”

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/09/ ... anada.html
User avatar
TaylorSteiner
Silent Watcher over the Peaceful Lands
Posts: 111
Joined: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:31 pm
Contact:

Re: Rare, Mummified Ice Age Wolf Pup And Caribou Dug Up In Canada

Postby TaylorSteiner » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:28 am

Wow that's amazing!
Anar
Nanye Anduril i ne Narsil i macil Elendilo.
Lercuvanten i moli Mordoreo.
Isil
User avatar
Peter Remling
Athel Dunedain
Posts: 3371
Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:20 am

Re: Rare, Mummified Ice Age Wolf Pup And Caribou Dug Up In Canada

Postby Peter Remling » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:50 am

The wolf pup is exceptional, thanks for sharing.
User avatar
Iodo
Amrod Rhandir
Posts: 387
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:58 pm
Location: North west england UK

Re: Rare, Mummified Ice Age Wolf Pup And Caribou Dug Up In Canada

Postby Iodo » Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:46 am

Fascinating, thanks for sharing :P
Gimli: It's true you don't see many Dwarf-women. And in fact, they are so alike in voice and appearance, that they are often mistaken for Dwarf-men.
Aragorn: It's the beards.
User avatar
Elleth
êphal ki-*raznahê
Posts: 1728
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:26 am
Location: in the Angle; New England

Re: Rare, Mummified Ice Age Wolf Pup And Caribou Dug Up In Canada

Postby Elleth » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:23 pm

PUPPY!!!!!!

Poor thing. :(
Persona: Aerlinneth, Dúnedain of Amon Lendel c. TA 3010.

Return to “General Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests