Prehistoric rhinos: Horny or Not?

Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis), Pittsburgh Zoo It might seem strange, but the first members of the rhino family to appear on the evolutionary scene some 40 million years ago were hornless. Paleontologists place them in the Family Rhinocerotidae based on similarities in dentition, especially tusk-like incisors that remain prominent in today’s greater one-horned and Javan rhinos…

The Javan Rhino’s Final Stronghold

By Bill Konstant, IRF Program Officer August 27, 1883.  It’s been called “the day the world exploded.”  One hundred and thirty years ago this month, the volcanic island of Krakatau (Krakatoa) blew its top.  The smoking mountain had given several days warning to the human inhabitants of Java and Sumatra, the closest large islands, but…