fredag 25. juni 2021

Scientists Discover Dino-Sized Rhino Bones in China’s Northwest

New fossils of gigantic rhinos found in the northwestern Gansu province suggest that the country was home to one of the largest land mammals ever to walk the Earth tens of millions of years ago, according to a new study published Thursday. The new species, named Paraceratherium linxiaense, was discovered in Gansu’s Linxia region, according to the study published in Nature’s Communications Biology journal. Scientists had studied a fully preserved skull along with an articulated mandible and atlas to draw conclusions for the study.

The ancient giant rhinos mostly lived in Asia — including China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan — and date back 26.5 million years, according to the study led by Deng Tao, a researcher at Beijing-based Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology. Researchers described the rhinos as “more derived than other species within this genus in having a larger body size.”