Rhinos just don’t come much older

THE skeleton of an extinct breed of rhinoceros, believed to date back over 160,000 years, has been found in the Barcelona province of Castelldefels.

The Stephanorhinus Hundsheimensis, similar to the African black rhino, was discovered by Barcelona University’s Quartenary Research Group (GRQ-SERP).

Typically, it lived in open spaces and was an extremely fast runner. And the newly-discovered rhino, about seven years old, still had some of its milk teeth!

It was unearthed in what is known as the Rhinoceros Cave, where other rhino bones were found in 2015 during an ongoing, archaeological excavation.

The new specimen is believed to have fallen into the grotto and died while trapped there, because it would not have been its natural habitat.

Two front legs, the ribs, part of the spinal column and the skull with both jaws, have all been dug up intact.

Castelldefels’ Rhinoceros Cave is a huge dig, which covers an extremely long period of prehistoric eras, with findings dating from 80,000 to 200,000 years old, most of which are really diverse, well-preserved and abundant.

Remains of several types of animals, from many geographical eras, spotted in the cave, have given historians plenty of valuable information about life in the wild tens, or even hundreds of thousands of years ago.

A young elephant skeleton was found there in 2012, and two young rhinos in 2015.

It appears that the cave, in the Garraf area, became a natural trap for many species of fauna, especially the extremely young and inexperienced animals who fell into it.

The latest findings, which will remain in the cave all through the summer, will then be removed for studying by the GRQ-SERP team.



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