Woolly rhino fossil discovery in Tibet provides important clues to evolution of Ice Age giants

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 18:30 in Paleontology & Archaeology

Fossil discoveries from Tibet offer new insights into the origin of the cold-adapted Pleistocene megafauna. A new research paper posits that the harsh winters of the rising Tibetan Plateau may have provided the initial step towards cold-adaptation for several subsequently successful members of the late Pleistocene mammoth fauna in Europe, Asia, and to a lesser extent, North America. The Tibetan Plateau, therefore, may have been another cradle of the Ice Age giants.

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