Sumatran Rhino Ancestors: The Woolly Rhino

Oddly enough, the Sumatran rhinos of southeast Asia - the smallest and most endangered rhinos in the world - are more closely related to the extinct woolly rhino than they are to any of the four other living rhino species. The woolly rhino, an Ice Age creature, became extinct several thousand years ago. Its images... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

A Gift fit for a King … and Also a Pope!

Perhaps the most famous illustration of a rhinoceros ever made was an ink drawing or woodcut done nearly five centuries ago by the German artist Albrecht Durer. Interestingly enough, Durer had never laid eyes upon a living rhinoceros, but based his detailed work on the inferior sketch penned by an unknown artist who had.  Thus,... Continue Reading →

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