Paleontologists are studying the remains of the first ever fossil of a baby woolly rhinoceros. The discovery was found in Siberia’s Sakha Republic, on the bank of a stream that leads into the Semyulyahk River.
The artifact is believed to be up to 10,000 years old. The Siberian Times confirmed that this was the first baby wooly rhinoceros that has ever been discovered.
The animal was unearthed when a hunter and businessman named, Alexander Banderov found the remains preserved in permafrost; Banderov and his friend originally believed that the remains were of a reindeer.
Banderov states, “We were sailing past a ravine and noticed hair hanging on top of it. The part of the carcass that stuck out of the ice was eaten by wild animals, but the rest of it was inside the permafrost and preserved well.”
The rhino was given the name “Sasha” after the region it was discovered in, and researchers hope to be able to extract DNA from the specimen. The animal has been reported to be very well preserved and in great condition, making it ideal for studying.
Albert Protopopov, head of the Mammoth Fauna Department of Sakha Republic Academy of Sciences, released a statement regarding the find stating, “The find is absolutely unique. We can count a number of adult woolly rhinos found around the world on fingers of one hand. A baby rhino was never found before.”
Protopopov then stated that most people are familiar with wooly mammoths and that most of civilization is not aware of wooly rhinos stating, “Woolly rhinos are less studied than mammoths. We are hoping Sasha, the rhino, will give us a lot of answers to questions of how they grew and developed, what conditions they lived in, and which of the modern day animals is the closest to them.”
Academy of Sciences Republic of Sakha
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