Fossil skull and horns of the woolly rhinoceros

Fossil skull and horns of the woolly rhinoceros

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Caption: Woolly rhinoceros skull. Frontal view of the skull of the extinct woolly rhinoceros, Coelodonta antiquitatis. Two large horns are seen and the flattened molar teeth with which it fed on grass as a grazer. As its name implies, the "woolly" rhinoceros was covered in thick hair as an adapta- tion to living in a cold climate. This large mammal coexisted with the woolly mammoth Mammuthus primigenius mainly in Asia, and later in Europe. Its forebears lived in China. The woolly rhino- ceros roamed about alone or in small family groups like present-day African rhinoceroses. Like the mammoth it died out when the climate became warm.

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