Extinct huge rhinoceros, described on some occasions like "Siberian Unicorn" He lived on the planet much longer than the scientists had originally thought of revealing new research.
A study published Monday in the journal Nature ecology and development He explained that a hairy being was going through time among people, surviving in Eastern Europe and Western Asia until 39 000 years, approximately during the same period Neanderthals and the first modern people.
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The latest findings use radiocarbon dating and genetic analysis in 23 rhinoceros samples to reveal the life of the mysterious Elasmotherium sibiricum 3.8 tons, which was allegedly extinct 200,000 years ago.
By results, The "Siberian Unicorn" – who would live in modern Russia and its ranges of movement, spread to areas in Mongolia, northern China and Kazakhstann- was extinguished by environmental changes that affected the type of grass and herbs that he used to eat. This was explained by the authors of the study Conversation,
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Scientists have explained that an animal whose Horn could measure up to one meter, it was difficult for her to change her herb diet.
"Relatives (like Siberian unicorns) like woolly rhinoceros have always eaten a more balanced variety of plants and were much less affected by changing their habitat," they said.
They also made it clear that people were not the cause of extinction of this species.
"In addition, the permanently limited geographic scope of the Elasmotheria (probably also related to its specialized habitat), as well as the small population and the slow reproduction associated with its large body size, would predetermine it eradication in the face of environmental changes", The authors added.
Scientists have said that the extinction of the Siberian unicorn provides a useful case study "Show rhinos immunity to environmental changes",