From the BBC, 22 December 2020:
A wolf cub that was found mummified in northern Canada lived at least 56,000 years ago, scientists say.
Hidden in permafrost for tens of thousands of years, the female cub was discovered by a gold miner near Dawson city in Yukon territory in 2016.
She has since been named Zhur, meaning wolf, by the local Tr’ondek Hwech’in people.
Scientists now say the cub, of which the hide, hair and teeth are intact, is “the most complete wolf mummy known”.
“She’s basically 100% intact – all that’s missing are her eyes,” lead author Professor Julie Meachen, a paleontologist and professor of anatomy at Des Moines University in Iowa, told the EurekAlert! science news website.
Using a variety of techniques, the team was able to determine many aspects of the cub’s life, from her age and diet to a probable cause of death.
The findings, published in the Current Biology journal on Monday, show the cub and her mother had eaten “aquatic resources”, including fish such as salmon.