57,000-year-old frozen baby wolf found in Canada

** The puppy still has much of its hair, teeth, and other body parts and organs intact. By examining his teeth and body X-rays, the scientists determined that the puppy was between 6 and 7 weeks old.

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In 2016, a Canadian miner accidentally discovered the mummified remains of a 57,000-year-old female wolf pup in Canada’s Yukon Territory. It had remained for thousands of years frozen and intact in the permafrost.

The animal is so incredibly well preserved that its stomach contents have even been examined. Its good state of conservation offers a unique opportunity to experts to analyze how they lived thousands of years ago.

The puppy still has much of its hair, teeth, and other body parts and organs intact. By examining his teeth and body X-rays, the scientists determined that the puppy was between 6 and 7 weeks old. He died in July or early August.

Scholars gave it the name Zhùr, which means “wolf” in the Hän language, it is considered the most complete example of a mummified canine from the time period in which it lived.

As for how she died, researchers believe that she was buried in her lair during a sediment collapse and was buried alive. (Image of the miner who discovered the wolf.

The contents of Zhùr’s stomach, for example, have offered researchers an incredible opportunity to see what the wolves of the time ate. It was determined that it fed on fish and the remains of aquatic birds local to the region.

The conservation of Zhùr is exceptional, from the papillae of its lips to its skin and coat. Zhùr measures ∼41.7 cm from snout to base of tail and weighs 670 g.

It was found in the permafrost, which is the permanently frozen layer of land found in some regions of the planet. It occupies between 20-24% of the Earth’s surface. It can be found in circumpolar areas like Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Tibet, Norway.

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However, global warming with the consequent increase in temperatures is causing this permafrost to be thawing. Something that causes the appearance of these animals, but also that can affect life on the ground.

Keep in mind that the Arctic is warming at a rate that is twice that of the rest of the planet due to global warming. This is causing record temperatures to be recorded and ice and permafrost melting.

Due to rising global temperatures, more ‘mummies’ may be found in permafrost in the coming years. It is not the first, woolly mammoths, bears and cave lion cubs, wolf heads, foals, etc. have been found.

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