Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Horse Skull Disappears as Researchers Unearth Gold-Rush Era Skeleton in Yukon

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Horse Skull Disappears as Researchers Unearth Gold-Rush Era Skeleton in Yukon

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Skull taken from Yukon horse skeleton

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WHITEHORSE - The skull of a Gold Rush-era horse has been stolen from an excavation site south of Whitehorse, Yukon.

Assistant paleontologist Elizabeth Hall said the horse skeleton was discovered in the Carcross desert Friday when some bones were spotted sticking out of the ground.

Government paleontologists began to investigate on Saturday, but found the horse's skull and parts of the legs had been taken, she said.

Researchers dug down about one metre and were able to recover the rest of the skeleton, which helped them determine the horse was about five years old and pregnant when it died.

The bones are a valuable find, but would be even more valuable if the other parts were returned because the territorial government doesn't yet have a complete modern horse skeleton in the collection of bones they use to compare with other remains to assist with identification, Hall said. …

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