The extinct giant rhino, described on some occasions "Siberian Unicorn" He lived on the planet much longer than scientists had originally thought, which was revealed by a new study.
The study was published on Monday in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution He explained this the hair of the creature has been passing through human beings for some time, surviving in Eastern Europe and Western Asia by then 39,000 years, approximately in the same period neandertals and the first modern people.
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The latest findings used radiocarbon days and genetic analysis in 23 rhinorrhea samples to reveal the life of the mysterious Elasmotherium sibiricum of 3.8 tonnes, which was believed to have died out about 200,000 years ago.
According to the results, The "Siberian unicorn" – which would have lived in modern Russia and its extent of movement – expanded to areas in Mongolia, northern China and Kazakhstann- is extinguished by changes in the environment that affected the type of grass and the plants they ate. This was explained by the authors of the study Talk.
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The researchers explained that the animal was The siren can measure up to one meter, it was hard for her to change her grass.
"Relatives (" the Siberian unicorn "), like a woolly rhinoceros, always eat a balanced variety of plants and are much less affected by the change in their habitat," they said.
They also explained that people are not the cause of extinction of this species.
"In addition, the persistently limited geographical scope of Elasmotherium (possibly also linked to its specialized habitat), as well as a small amount of population and a slow reproduction rate that is associated with its large body size, would predispose it extinction in relation to environmental change", The authors added.
Scientists have suggested that the extinction of a Siberian unicorn provides a useful case study "The display of scarce resistance to rhinoceroses for changing the environment".