The fossils belonged to three woolly mammoths that lived 30,000 years ago. They were likely even part of the same family. The remains were in an area of the mine that had been affected by the eruption of a volcano at least 29000 years ago.
Surely as a gold miner, the least you expect is to become a discoverer of paleontological remains, however, the discovery made the miners of Little Blake in Dawson City very happy.
“It’s probably one of the best days for me at work, It is so much fun to discover these things.” Said Trey Charlie, who came across the bones alongside another miner.
The discovery comes down to three partial woolly mammoth skeletons at a depth of approximately 10 miles in the city of Dawson in Canada.
The miners turned over the found remains of woolly mammoths to the Yukon government. Once there, they were transferred to a team of paleontologists for further analysis. According to Grant Zazula, head of the research project, it could be an entire prehistoric family.
Perfectly-Preserved Woolly Mammoth Fossils Found In Canada
Some of the kinetics now analyzing the remains say that surprisingly after millennia, some of the joints are still functional.
Despite the investigations, some of the paleontologists affirm that although there was a natural phenomenon in the place that could have killed them, the species surely died from other causes, which suggests that the remains are there long before the eruption of the volcano.
Although the discovery of the woolly mammoth bones is exciting, it’s hardly unique. CBC notes that miners have stumbled across Ice Age fossils since the Klondike Gold Rush, which started in 1896. In 2010, Yukon miners came across a complete mammoth skull almost five feet long.