Woolly rhino found amazingly preserved in Siberian permafrost

by Joel Abbott · Jan 1st, 2021 2:03 pm

Last Updated Jan 4th, 2021 at 10:46 am

A young woolly rhino with many of its internal organs intact was found in August in Siberia and is waiting transport for study, according to Russian media.

Scientists believe the rhino was several years old when it died.

"The young rhino was between three and four years old and lived separately from its mother when it died, most likely by drowning," said Dr. Valery Plotnikov, a scientist who analyzed the find. "The gender of the animal is still unknown. We are waiting for the radiocarbon analyses to define when it lived, the most likely range of dates is between 20,000 and 50,000 years ago. The rhino has a very thick short underfur, very likely it died in summer."

The animal was found this August in the northern Russian province of Yakutia, along the the Tirekhtyakh River near where another young rhino was discovered in 2014. Other frozen carcasses, such as those of two lion cubs, have been found in the same area.

Much of the woolly rhino was intact, including its limbs, horn, organs, teeth, and wool – a rarity for such a find.


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