MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian scientists are poring over the well-preserved remains of a woolly rhinoceros that, after being discovered in the diamond-producing area of Yakutia, possibly roamed the Siberian hinterland more than 12,000 years ago.
Similar results have occurred with growing regularity in Russia’s vast Siberian region as climate change, which is warming the Arctic at a faster rate than the rest of the planet, has thawed the soil in some areas long locked in permafrost.
In August, the rhino was discovered in a river complete with all its limbs, some of its organs, its tusk – a rarity for such discoveries – and even its wool, scientist Valery Plotnikov, was quoted as saying by Yakutia 24, a local media outlet.
The woolly rhino may have existed in the late Pleistocene period, which ended 11,700 years ago, Plotnikov said. The beast seemed to use its tusk, judging by the erosion marks found on it, to collect food, the scientist said.