(CNN)They were looking for gold in the permafrost of Klondike, Canada. Instead, they found that what Canadian experts say is the most completely mummifiedmammothfound in North America.
Chief Roberta Joseph's Tr'ondëk Hwëch' called this discovery "a remarkable recovery of our indigenous peoples" in the release.
"We look forward to the next step in the process of working with the Yukon Territory Government to advance these sites in a way that respects our traditions, culture and law. So far, they have given me the name they have provided. " According to the
release, the baby is a woman and may have died during the Ice Age over 30,000 years ago. Although a partial mammoth calf was discovered in Alaska in 1948, Nun cha go is the first almost complete and best-preserved mummified mammoth found in North America. 'Elder Peggy Colmendi in the news release. "When they removed the tarpaulin, it took my breath. We all have to treat it with respect."
To recover a mummified calf , Treadstone Mining, Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin, required the cooperation of the Yukon Territory Government, said the release.
"As an ice age paleontologist, facing real mammoths was one of my life's dreams," said Grant Zazura, a paleontologist in the Yukon Territory, in a release. .. "That dream has come true today. The nun is beautiful and one of the most incredibly mummified ice age animals ever discovered in the world. Excited to know more about her.
"The baby mammoth found in Klondike's permafrost this week (Solstice and Indigenous Day!) Was the most exciting scientific event to date as part of the nun's recovery. It was part of the, no bar, "he wrote.