Startling Ancient Ice Age Discovery

March 3, 2015

Two hunters shocked scientists this week with the discovery of a baby woolly rhinoceros in the Yakutia, also known as the Sakha Republic region, of Russisa near the Semyulyakh River.

Alexander “Sasha” Banderov and his friend Semen Ivanov thought the baby rhino was a reindeer at first and then they noticed the woolly fur on the carcass. They immediately contacted the Yakutian Academy of Sciences’ Mammoth Fauna Department and soon learned that the rhino is the first non-mummified version of the species ever found, AuntMinnie says the first non-adult of the species ever found and the first mostly intact woolly rhino ever found. The scientists and researchers at the Yakutian Academy of Sciences happily accepted the find and agreed to name the baby Sasha after the Russian name for Alexander. They have just released the first photos of it worldwide.

They plan to use the baby rhino’s DNA, which was preserved by permafrost, to learn more about the development and lives of woolly rhinos, this specific baby’s life and death and its genetic links to current species. They believe the animal was 18 months old when it died based on its size and other characteristics. Woolly rhinos were one of the large mammal species that existed at the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago along with woolly mammoths. Their territoral range spanned from Scotland and Spain all the way to South Korea.

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