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New species of woolly rhinoceros found in Tibet

The discovery of a new species of woolly rhinoceros which existed a million years before other woolly rhinos is casting a new light on the important of the Tibetan highlands before the Ice Age.

The Coelodonta thibetana fossil dates to about 3.7 million years ago, about a million years before other known woolly rhinos. The findings, published in Friday’s edition of the journal Science, lead researchers to believe that before the ice age began, the chilly Tibetan highlands may have served as an evolutionary cradle for cold-hardy mammals whose descendants thrived in the glacial times that followed.

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Story: Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times | Photo: Julie Naylot, AFP/Getty Images

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