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Infotainment December 21, 2023

Scientists discover 14-million-year-old rhinoceros fossil in East Asia

Chinese researchers have made a significant discovery by finding a 14-million-year-old rhinoceros fossil in East Asia, providing crucial evidence about the animal’s migration to the region. The fossil belongs to the Prosantorhinus genus, a type of small extinct teleoceratine rhinoceroses with shortened limb bones, previously found mainly in Europe. Named Prosantorhinus yei sp. nov., the fossil was discovered in China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The well-preserved skull with a small horn suggests it is a relatively derived taxon in the genus. The finding indicates that Prosantorhinus had a wide paleogeographic distribution, extending from Europe to southern Pakistan and China, suggesting migration was not restricted by ecological or geographical barriers in Eurasia. The study was published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Source – CGTN

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