While the Wooly Mammoth ranged through Europe, Asia and North America, Coelodonta the Wooly Rhinoceros never made it to North America. Well-preserved remains have been found frozen in ice and buried in oil-saturated soils.
At Staruni in what is now the Ukraine, a complete carcass of a female rhinoceros was found buried in the mud. The combination of oil and salt prevented
the remains from decomposing allowing the soft tissues to remain virtually
Wooly Rhinos were around in Europe when cavemen were creating paintings on their cave walls.
Leave club at home.
The club could use some rhinestones?
Sasha is one of the
few woolly rhinos yet discovered, and the only
calf. Experts estimate she was just 18 months old when she died. Her discovery
should help researchers better understand woolly rhinos’ living conditions, how
they developed as they grew, and how they’re related to living rhino species.
Even though some
Siberian predator has chewed off Sasha’s backside, the half that was buried in
permafrost is largely intact. In addition to the skeletal leg, torso, and head,
the calf has an ear, an eye, teeth, two horns, and a big flap of wool-covered skin.
Perhaps most important, it might also still contain DNA. If scientists can
recover an intact sample, they’ll be able to determine which species of
(for-the-moment) living rhino is most closely related to the extinct woollies.