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Russia: Remains of 20,000-year-old woolly rhino presented in Yakutia04:09

Russia: Remains of 20,000-year-old woolly rhino presented in Yakutia

Russian Federation, Yakutia
January 26, 2021 at 14:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

A group of scientists presented the well-preserved body of a woolly rhinoceros in Yakutsk on Tuesday.

The woolly rhino was found last summer in the melting Siberian permafrost, with scientists estimating it was between three to four years old when it died some 20,000 years ago.

"We are lucky that almost every part of the body is present, except for the right hind leg. We hope that some of the internal organs are present, genital organs, we will find it out after some examination," commented Valeriy Plotnikov, head scientist researcher of the department of mammoth fauna of the Academy of Sciences of Sakha Republic.

Permafrost melt in Siberia has led to similar discoveries in recent years, with remains of mammoths, puppies, and cave lion cubs found regularly.

Russia: Remains of 20,000-year-old woolly rhino presented in Yakutia04:09
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A group of scientists presented the well-preserved body of a woolly rhinoceros in Yakutsk on Tuesday.

The woolly rhino was found last summer in the melting Siberian permafrost, with scientists estimating it was between three to four years old when it died some 20,000 years ago.

"We are lucky that almost every part of the body is present, except for the right hind leg. We hope that some of the internal organs are present, genital organs, we will find it out after some examination," commented Valeriy Plotnikov, head scientist researcher of the department of mammoth fauna of the Academy of Sciences of Sakha Republic.

Permafrost melt in Siberia has led to similar discoveries in recent years, with remains of mammoths, puppies, and cave lion cubs found regularly.