Massive Woolly Rhinoceros Skeleton
Lot 2107W
Massive Woolly Rhinoceros Skeleton
US$ 70,000 - 90,000
£43,000 - 56,000

Lot Details
Massive Woolly Rhinoceros Skeleton
Coelodonta antiquitatis
Pleistocene
Jeneisey River, Krasnovarsk region, Southern Siberia, Russia

Native to the northern steppes of Eurasia, the extinct woolly rhinoceros was one of the largest animals to inhabit the vast Arctic tundra of the Pleistocene, second in size only to the mammoth. A paleontological reminder of the vast sheets of ice that covered much of the Northern Hemisphere, the woolly rhino, like the mastodon, exhibited a long shaggy coat. Other evolutionary attributes included small ears, short, thick legs and a stocky body. Its massive horns are thought to have been used to sweep away snow to forage for vegetation and possibly to attract mates. A member of the Pleistocene megafauna, this creature survived the last glacial period. Interestingly, its nasal horn was composed of keratin (the same material that composes human finger nails), not bone. The present impressive woolly mammoth skeleton is fully mounted on a custom metal framework, ready for display. Measures approximately 177 inches long and stand 72 inches high
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