At the Limit: Woolly Mammoth and Other Pleistocene Megafauna of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: physical sciences, fossils, paleontology, geological timeline

Principal Investigator: MacPhee, Ross E.E. (1)
Licence Number: 13623
Organization: American Museum of Natural History
Licensed Year(s): 2004
Issued: May 19, 2004
Project Team: Alexei N.

Objective(s): The purpose of this project is to recover remains of ice-age mammals from Banks and Melville Islands, in order to determine when and for how long animals such as woolly mammoths managed to live in this part of the Arctic. There is suggestive but meager evidence to suggest that mammoths survived in parts of the high Arctic and may have lived there during the coldest parts of the last glaciation. The specific fieldwork objectives are; 1) to find additional specimens of mammoths and other megafauna that may have lived on Melville and Banks Islands; and 2) to take samples of relevant fossils for radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA investigations. This investigation will take the form of a surface collection survey.