Well-preserved woolly rhino discovered in Siberia’s melting permafrost

- Siberia, Russia -


A few weeks ago, Russian media reported that a well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino with many of his/her internal organs still intact had been recovered from in Siberia.


The carcass was revealed in August by melting permafrost in Yakutia.


As reported by My Modern Met, being frozen allowed for incredible preservation of the rhino’s fur and internal organs, revealing a clearer picture of the animal's appearance and how he/she lived.


The frozen carcass revealed thick hazel-colored fur, and reportedly, the rhino is “among the best-preserved specimens of the Ice Age animal found to date. The carcass has most of its soft tissues still intact, including part of the intestines, thick hair, and a lump of fat. Its horn was found next to it.”


News Nation reports that Valery Plotnikov, a paleontologist with the regional branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said the woolly rhino likely drowned and was probably 3 or 4-years of age when he/she died.


Scientists dated the carcass as anywhere from 20,000- to 50,000-years-old.

More accurate results will be obtained after radiocarbon studies.


This isn’t the first time that such an amazing discovery has been found in Yakutia, reports My Modern Met.


In 2014, the world’s only baby woolly rhino named Sasha was discovered not far from where the new young rhino was buried.


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