Extinct woolly rhinos were a victim of climate change, not overhunting
BBC Focus - Science & Technology|September 2020
Extinct woolly rhinos were a victim of climate change, not overhunting
By analysing their genetic diversity, scientists have been able to estimate changes in population size over time

The woolly rhinoceros was wiped out by warming temperatures, not hunting, a new study suggests.

About the same size as today’s white rhino, the woolly rhinoceros was covered with thick, reddish-brown hair, and thrived throughout Europe, northern Asia and Siberia. They became extinct at around the same time as other prehistoric megafauna, including the woolly mammoth and the cave lion. It was previously proposed that hunting by humans had caused their demise, however, this hypothesis doesn’t match up with recent discoveries.

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