miércoles, 29 de octubre de 2014

Woolly rhino skull found in Cambridgeshire Fens


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The skull of a woolly rhinoceros thought to be at least 35,000 years old has been found in Cambridgeshire.

Jamie Jordan, who runs Fossils Galore in the Fenland town of March, said it was uncovered by a digger driver on nearby farmland.

He described it as "a very big beast", adding: "I couldn't believe my eyes."

An expert from the Natural History Museum said it was "an apparently well-preserved, largely complete skull of a woolly rhino and relatively uncommon".

Woolly rhino (Coelodonta antiquitatis) remains have been found spanning Eurasia, from the UK in the west to Chukotka and Kamchatka in the Russian far east.

Archaeozoologist Chris Faine, from Oxford Archaeology East, said: "They were around in Britain throughout the Pleistocene period with their extinction here probably not coming until about 35,000 years ago." [...] bbc.com

Woolly rhino skeleton after its discovery in a Staffordshire quarry in 2002. BBC