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Yakut scientists lost fossil rhinoceros

October 25 2007
11:00

The Ministry of Nature Protection of Sakha Republic (Yakutia) have admitted that the remains of a woolly rhinoceros found in summer in the vicinity of the village Cherskii, disappeared. Officials admitted that the find was indeed unique.

Woolly nosorogyavlyaetsya one of the most famous animals of the Ice Age - in size and strength, he was second only to the mammoth. Weighed a rhino about three tons, and the horns have grown not only males but also females. Angled back front horn-tipped reached 130 centimeters in length and weighed up to 15 pounds, rear horn was smaller.

Remains of this animal were found in June 2007, at the foot of Mole approximately eight kilometers north-east of the village Chersky. Before the onset of cold carcass was stored in the cache, and then use the crane it was transferred to Cherskii and put into storage. "The next day, rhino disappeared" - complained about one of the paleontologists.

The search for a unique paleontological discoveries are leading members of the Yakut Directorate for Combating Organized Crime, as well as scientists and local authorities, but so far no results. Carcass weighed about a ton, and quietly remove it from the warehouse "was difficult," said ministry spokesman. "There is a version that simply hid the rhino for sale. According to rumors, there was an unknown client "- quoted him as saying," Interfax ".

Reports Pravda.Ru

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