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Woolly Rhino's lived: 500,000-10,000 years ago.Rhino remains have been found all across Europe, although they apparently did not make it across to Ireland or North America. They are also found in cave paintings, suggesting they may have had a band of darker fur around their middles.

Pronunciation: see-loh-DON-tah
Latin name: Coelodonta antiquitatis
Meaning:
Animal Type: Mammal - perissodactyl
Dietary Type: Herbivorous - Grazing grass
Closest Living Relative: Sumatran Rhinoceros
Size: 2m at the shoulder

Details:

The horns of the woolly rhino were often found in Russia during the 19th century, but because they are so strange-looking, many people believed that they were the claws of giant birds. Frozen carcasses of woolly rhinos were occasionally found in Siberia, although often without their horns or hair, but eventually it was realised that the two belonged together.

The horns of the woolly rhino were often found in Russia during the 19th century, but because they look so strange, many people believed that they were the claws of giant birds. Frozen carcasses of woolly rhinos were occasionally found in Siberia, although often without their horns or hair. Eventually we realised that the two belonged together.

The strange horn was very flat and looked like a plank of wood, although it was worn on one surface as the animal swept its head from side to side on the ground - perhaps to clear snow. Paintings again regularly show the rhino, and one in particular suggests a colour patterning.

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