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Yakut Scientists Study DNA of Extinct Woolly Rhinoceros
8.09.2015 18:58
Yakut Scientists Study DNA of Extinct Woolly Rhinoceros

Russian and American scientists have started joint researches of the remains of a cub of the woolly rhinoceros.

      According to Albert Protopopov, the head of the Mammoth Fauna Department of the Yakutia Academy of Sciences, the experts intend to compare DNA of the woolly rhinoceroses and modern rhinoceroses to get the picture of the evolution of these animal species.

      The woolly rhinoceros cub was found in the territory of Yakutia in 2014. Scientists established that it lived 34 thousand years ago, but nonetheless is one of the most well-preserved representatives of the mammoth species. The 18-month-old rhinoceros has feet, ears, woolfell, skin, eyes, tongue and wool remained.

      Scientists hope to figure out why the rhinoceros cub came to be in Yakutia whilst all its relatives migrated to Alaska.

      Earlier the scientists found remains of rhinoceroses and horses' ancestors.

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Yakutia Paleontology    

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