Woolly rhino (Coelodonta antiquitatis) distribution in Northeast Asia
Deinsea , Volume 8 - Issue 1 p. 15- 20
An analysis of the geographical distribution of woolly rhino remains in Northeast Asia is given. Obviously, the ancestor of C. antiquitatis starts to disperse from the Pribaikalie or Transbaikalia territory northward to Southern Yakutia during the Early Pleistocene. In the Middle Pleistocene the woolly rhino was widely distributed from Central to North Yakutia up to Chukotka. Most of the C. antiquitatis finds are dated Late Pleistocene. During that period these mammals inhabited the valleys of practically all the long rivers and watersheds in Northeast Asia. Rhino remains are found in Central Chukotka and on Wrangel Island, but are not yet found in Alaska. Possible causes, preventing the dispersal of the wooly rhino to the New World, are discussed.