Ebene News – UA – Ice Age woolly rhino remains found in Siberia

A well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino with many internal organs still intact was recovered from permafrost in the far north of Russia

Russian media reported on Wednesday that the carcass was revealed by the melting permafrost in Yakutia in August

Scientists are waiting for the Arctic region’s ice roads to become passable before delivering them to a lab for studies next month

The carcass has most of its soft tissue still intact, including part of the intestines, thick hair and a piece of fat

Recent years have seen important discoveries of mammoths, woolly rhinos, ice age foals and cave lion cubs as permafrost increasingly melts over large areas of Siberia due to warming climate

Local media quoted Valery Plotnikov, a paleontologist at the regional branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as saying the woolly rhino was probably 3 or 4 years old when he died

More precise dating will be possible once delivered to a laboratory for radiocarbon studies

The carcass was found on the bank of the Tirekhtyakh River in Abyisk District, near the area where another young woolly rhino was recovered in 2014

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Ebene News – UA – Ice age woolly rhino remains found in Siberia

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-31/well-preserved-ice-age-woolly-rhino-found-in-siberia/13022978