Woolly rhinoceros found frozen 20,000 years ago in Siberia

  • The corpse is 80% intact and the death could have been by drowning

  • It was discovered by local resident Alexei Savvin

The frozen body of a young man Woolly rhinoceros from 20,000 years ago, with its last meal still intact, it has been discovered in the permafrost next to Yakutia’s Tirekhtyakh River, east of Siberia.

The rhinoceros, who was three or four years old when he died, sports thick hazel hair and features a horn found next to the corpse, and was discovered in mid-August.

It is the best preserved juvenile woolly rhinoceros to date found in Yakutia, with many of its internal organs, including teeth, part of the intestines, a lump of fat, and tissues, which have remained intact for thousands of years in permafrost.

“The young rhino was between three and four years old and was living apart from his mother when he died, probably from drowning “, said – quoted by ‘The Siberian Times’ – Dr. Valery Plotnikov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who was at the site of the discovery and made the first description of the find.

“The genus of the animal is still unknown. We are waiting for radiocarbon analyzes to define when it lived, the most likely date range is between 20,000 and 50,000 years ago. The rhinoceros has a very thick short coat, most likely it died in summer, “added Plotnikov.

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The rhino carcass is 80% intact; It was discovered by local resident Alexei Savvin near the site where the world’s only baby woolly rhinoceros named Sasha was unearthed in 2014. Sasha’s age has since been confirmed to be 34,000 years old.

Last year two extinct cave lion cubs named Boris and Sparta were also found in the Abyisky district of Yakutia near the Tirekhtyakh River.


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