The remarkably preserved carcass of an Ice Age-era woolly rhino has been unearthed by locals in eastern Siberia, researchers have said.
The rhino was revealed by the melting permafrost in north-eastern Russia. With most of its internal organs intact, the rhino is among the best-preserved animals ever found in the region.
Experts will deliver the rhino to a lab for further studies next month. They are waiting for ice roads to form so they can take the remains to the city of Yakutsk, where scientists will take samples and carry out radiocarbon analyses.
The rhino is believed to have lived in the late Pleistocene era, anywhere between 20,000 and 50,000 years ago.
A researcher who examined the remains told Russian media the rhino was between three and four years old when it died, probably from drowning. Much of the rhino’s soft tissue was still visible. There were traces of wear on the horn, suggesting the rhino “was actively using it for food.”