As gold miners worked at two separate mines in the Yukon in northwest Canada in summer 2016, the two sets of workers both came across extraordinary finds from the ice age. You see, around 50,000 years ago, a rich variety of wildlife made this remote region their home. And now the gold miners’ incredible discoveries would reveal new information about some of these prehistoric animals.
Today the Yukon, which was established in 1898, is one of the three Canadian territories to the north of the country; the other two are Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Back in the ice age, however, most of Canada was covered by ice that was miles deep, meaning wildlife was scarce or nonexistent. Therefore, the country was effectively a frozen desert.