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Krakow's astonishing remains of the Ice-Age rhinoceros, a world-class curiosity

23-OOO-YEAR-OLD RHINO 

Nonprofessionals may easily mistake it for a recent safari trophy. Actually, the woolly rhinoceroses (Coelodonta Antiquitatis) swarmed Europe during the Ice Age circa 21,000 BC. In 1929 the carcass of a young female was unearthed in southern Poland. We probably owe its truly remarkable state of preservation to common salt and mineral oil the swamp which sucked down the poor creature was saturated with. The sensational find has been stuffed and exhibited alongside the skeleton and some well-preserved organs (e.g. the tongue and the windpipe) of the same animal. 

The original 23,000-year-old hairy rhino may well be the envy of every museum of natural history in the world. No wonder it is the pride of the tiny Krakow’s Muzeum Przyrodnicze at 9 Sw. Sebastiana street.

 


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