Well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino found in melting Siberia permafrost

A well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino with a lot of its inside organs nonetheless intact has been recovered from permafrost in Russia’s excessive north. Russian media reported Wednesday that the carcass was revealed by melting permafrost in Yakutia in August.

Scientists are ready for ice roads within the Arctic area to develop into satisfactory to ship it to a lab for research subsequent month.

It is among the many best-preserved specimens of the Ice Age animal discovered up to now. The carcass has most of its smooth tissues nonetheless intact, together with a part of the intestines, thick hair and a lump of fats. Its horn was discovered subsequent to it.

Latest years have seen main discoveries of mammoths, woolly rhinos, Ice Age foal, and cave lion cubs because the permafrost more and more melts throughout huge areas of Siberia due to international warming.

Yakutia 24 TV quoted Valery Plotnikov, a paleontologist with the regional department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as saying the woolly rhino was probably 3- or 4-years-old when it died.

Plotnikov mentioned the younger rhino probably drowned.

Scientists dated the carcass as anyplace from 20,000- to 50,000-years-old. Extra exact relationship can be potential as soon as it’s delivered to a lab for radiocarbon research.

The carcass was discovered on the financial institution of the Tirekhtyakh river within the Abyisk district, near the world the place one other younger woolly rhino was recovered in 2014. Researchers dated that specimen, which they referred to as Sasha, at 34,000 years previous.

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