One of the Pleistocene mammals depicted without fail in popular books – encyclopedias of prehistoric life and the like – is the Woolly rhinoceros Coelodonta antiquitatis (the species name is written antiquus in many sources). Originally named in 1807 (but known for some time prior), this cold-adapted, shaggy-coated rhinocerotid rhino occurred from the Atlantic fringes of Europe all the way east to Beringia, and as far south as the southern Caucasus and south-east China. Why it never moved into North America is unknown – it should have.
Woolly rhino in Pleistocene Spanish landscape, by Mauricio Ant?n. Is the horn anatomy shown here really accurate? Read on. Image licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license. [More]


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