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Ancient Rhinos Lived in Russia
26.01.2009 18:36
Ancient  Rhinos Lived in Russia
Bones of rhinoceros

Paleontologists discovered bones of a rhinoceros, which lived on the largest island of Lake Baikal several million years ago.
      Scientists dug famous Tagaiskoye site on the Olkhon island, where geologists found first fossil vertebrates in 1958. The bones were as old as 7-14 million years, belonging to middle Miocene. Recently Russian scientists were lucky to discover a bone bed with remains of a fossil rhinoceros.
      The finding brought new knowledge now scientists date the sediments, containing fossil bones, with lower Miocene 16-23 million years ago. More studies will help gaining new facts about ancient inhabitants of the territories around Baikal.


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