Date: Sun Dec 26 1993 17:47:10
From: Thomas Yoha
Subj: ICE AGE HORSE
As seen on the wires of the Associated Press;
Sunday, December 26, 1993
DATELINE: WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory
SCIENTISTS DATE HORSE IN YUKON TO ICE AGE
Carbon dating on the remains of a horse found last fall near the
Alaskan-Canadian border show it died 26,000 years ago, experts
said, making it one of the best-preserved Ice Age animals ever
discovered in North America.
The dark chestnut hide is complete with blond mane and tail. Also
recovered were a right foreleg with the flesh remaining, a couple
of bones and stomach contents.
Miners found the horse near Dawson City, 340 miles north of
Experts believe it may have died in a creekbed and that an
overhanging bank collapsed on it, preserving it through the
"This is a very significant find in terms of understanding Ice
Age animals, and it gives us a window into life in the Ice Age,"
Yukon government archeologist Ruth Gotthardt said last week.
She said artists' depictions have shown the small Ice Age horse
as having a short mane and tail, but this animal had a long mane
and tail and beautiful coat.
The remains were so well-preserved that intestinal membranes are
distinguishable, complete with digested food. And it still
smelled strongly of dead horse, she added.
"We collected enough dung for specialists in botanical fossils
and pollen to see what these animals ate," Gotthardt said.
Transmitted: 93-12-26 06:41:24 EST