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Old 26-11-2018, 07:19 PM   #975
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A three and a half tonne UNICORN roamed the Earth with prehistoric humans 39,000 years ago before being wiped out by the Ice Age
Elasmotherium sibiricum is known as the Siberian Unicorn and is a woolly rhino
It was previously thought to have died out 200,000 -100,000 years ago
Analysis of fossils and DNA extraction found it actually lived far more recently
The 3.5-tonne beast was a herbivore and lived alongside prehistoric humans
Siberian unicorn split from modern group of rhinos roughly 43 million years ago




https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...ic-humans.html


THE WOOLLY RHINOCEROS AND THE ANCIENT TUNDRA ENVIRONMENT
The woolly rhinoceros is an extinct species of rhinoceros that was common throughout Europe and northern Asia during the Pleistocene (stock)

The woolly rhinoceros is an extinct species of rhinoceros that was common throughout Europe and northern Asia during the Pleistocene epoch and survived the last glacial period.

The last of the species is thought to have died out around 10,000 years ago.

In the Pleistocene epoch, the woolly rhino roamed across Europe and Asia from Scotland and Spain in the west, to South Korea in the east.

It was well adapted to its environment, with stocky limbs and a thick woolly fleece to suit the icy tundra.

Previous studies using DNA from the ancient creatures have found that its closest modern relative is the Sumatran rhino.

Based on skeletons and cave paintings, scientists believe that adult woolly rhinos were up to 13ft (4metres) long and weighed as much as 4,400lbs (2,000kg).

The two horns on the skull were made of keratin - the longest being 24 inches (61cm) - and the woolly rhinoceros used them for defensive purposes and to attract mates, but spent most of its time grazing on grasses.

The reason for their extinction around 10,000 years ago is not fully understood, but like woolly mammoths, they may have been over-hunted by early man and affected by the receding Ice Age and the spread of disease.


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