Frozen babby woolly rhino found in Siberia

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Researchers Find 50,000-Year-Old Frozen Body Of Extinct Woolly Rhino In Siberia


Monit Khanna / Updated on Dec 30, 2020, 13:23 IST


Researchers in Siberia have stumbled upon the remains of a juvenile woolly rhinoceros that was trapped in permafrost.

Reported first by Sakha Today, the cub with 80 percent of its body still intact and with its last meal still in its belly, the remains were excavated from the Abyisky district of the Sakha Republic in August. The cub was first discovered by a local named Alexei Savin.

What’s surprising is that this woolly rhino was found close to the site where the only-known baby woolly rhino specimen named Sasha was discovered back in the year 2014.

Estimates by palaeontologist Albert Protopopov of the Academy of Sciences of the Sakha Republic reveals that the baby rhino would have been roughly three to four years old. He feels that the rhino would have probably drowned in the river since the carcass was found in rather impressively preserved conditions.


Protopopov said, “Among other things, part of the internal organs are preserved, which in the future will make it possible to study in more detail how the species ate and lived.”

The only other woolly rhino that was discovered in these regions -- Sasha -- was dated to be from around 34,000 years ago. However, Protopopov feels that the newly discovered body could be anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 years old.

Protopopov further added, “Earlier, not even the bone remains of individuals of this age were found, not to mention the preserved carcasses of animals. As a rule, these were either cubs or adults.”

Woolly Rhinos were believed to have once been prevalent in Europe and Russia, with a thick fur and horns on the face similar to rhinos we see today.

Palaeontologist Valery Plotnikov from the Academy of Sciences further adds, “We have learned that woolly rhinoceroses were covered in very thick hair. Previously, we could judge this only from rock paintings discovered in France. Now, judging by the thick coat with the undercoat, we can conclude that the rhinoceroses were fully adapted to the cold climate very much from a young age.” ...........................

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