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Sunday, May 16, 2021

He lived 12 thousand years ago… The body of an extinct rhino was found in Siberia

Russian scientists are studying the body of a woolly rhinoceros in good condition and it is likely that it was an extinct animal that roamed remote areas in Siberia more than 12 thousand years ago after it was found in the Yakutia diamond-producing region.

“The rhinoceros was found in a river last August, with all its limbs, some of its organs, and its horn, which is rare in such discoveries, even its wool,” Reuters news agency quoted Valery Plotnikov as saying to the Yakutia 24 TV channel, on Wednesday.

Plotnikov said that the woolly rhinoceros “may have lived in the late Pleistocene era, which ended about 11,700 years ago,” adding that the animal was apparently using its horn to collect food, based on signs of wear on it.

Similar discoveries have increasingly occurred in Russia’s vast Siberian region, where climate change, which is causing the Arctic to warm at a faster rate than the rest of the world, is causing ice melt in some areas that were within the frozen lands long ago.

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