Historical References
to the
Woolly Rhino
From Historic Books, Documents, and Records
- 1841-
Along the greater and lesser Aniuj Rivers, Siberia
(Lesser Aniuj)
The banks of the river thus far resembled those of the lowerKolyma in there deary uniformity, but we now began to meet with better pastures. The right bank is much higher than the left. It consists of steep sandhills 30 or more fathoms high, held together only by frosts which the summer is too short to dissolve. Most of the hills were frozen as hard as rock: nothing thaws but a thin outside layer, though, from being gradually undermined by the water, large masses of frozen sand frequently break off and fall into the stream, When this happens, mammoth bones in more or less perfect state of preservation are generally found: we saw a few bones, and a scull, which looked to me like that of a rhinoceros.
 
Source: Wrangall, Admiral Ferdinand, Russian Imperial Navy, Narrative of an Expedition to the Polar Sea, New York, Harper and Brothers publishers, 1873,  p172-173
- 1875 -
 
The remains of of a Rhinoceros, very similar to the Indian species, are likewise found in great numbers along the shores, or on the steep and sandy river-banks of Northern Siberia, along with those of fossil species of the horse, the muskox, and the bison, which have now totally forsaken the Arctic wilds.
 
 source:
Hartwig, Dr. G., The Polar and Tropical Worlds, A Description of Man and Nature, in the Polar and Equatorial Regions of the Globe,
C. A. Nichols & Co.  Springfield Mass., 1875, p.202-203
- 1877 -
 
A  new  and  important  find  was  made  in  1877  on  a tributary of the Lena (Siberia)...in  69 degrees north latitude. For there was found there an exceedingly well-preserved carcass of a rhinoceros. ...From the find Schrenck draws the conclusion that this rhinoceros belonged to a high-northern secies, adapted to a cold climate, and living in, or at least occasionally wandering to, the regions where the carcass was found. There the mean temerature of the year is very low, the winter exceedingly cold... and the short summer exceedingly warm.  - Nordenskiold.
 
source: Stefansson, Vilhjalmur. Great Adventures and Explorations, New york, The Dial Press, 1952, p.452
- 1880 -
In 1772, Pallas discovered at Wiljuiskoi, in Lat. 64 deg. N., on the banks of the river Wiljui, as affluent of the Lena, the body of a rhinoceros which had remained for centuries in a state of congelation, and might be compared to a natural mummy.
 
source: Adams,W. H.Davenport, Wonders of the Modern World, Glacier, Iceberg, Icefield, and Avalanche,
London, T. Nelson and Sons Paternoster Row. 1880, p301
     - 1929 -
 
Discovery of Body of Prehistoric Rhinoceros Warsaw, Poland, Nov. 11 (AP)

The body of a prehistoric wooly rhinoceros, the second to be found in Poland, has been unearthed in the village of Starunia.
The body was intact and excellently preserved. It will be disected by naturalists.
About 30 years ago the body of a wooly rhinoceros was found in the same village, but it was not so well preserved as this one.

source: Bee_ (Danville, Virginia) dated November 11, 1929


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