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9.2-Million-Year-Old Rhino Skull Preserved

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:37 PM

Less than 2% of Earth's fossils are preserved in volcanic rock, but researchers have identified a new one: the skull of a rhino that perished in a volcanic eruption 9.2 million years ago.

The fossil, found in Turkey, is thought to be that of a large two-horned rhino common in the Eastern Mediterranean region during that period. According to the researchers, unusual features of the preserved skull suggest that the animal was 'cooked to death' at temperatures that may have approached 500° C, in a volcanic flow similar to that of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy in 79 A.D.


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Posted 22 November 2012 - 08:21 PM

Poor thing to be cooked to death.



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Posted 22 November 2012 - 08:33 PM

Hmm wonder what bbq rhino tastes like. :yes:

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 12:52 AM

View PostCRIPTIC CHAMELEON, on 22 November 2012 - 08:33 PM, said:

Hmm wonder what bbq rhino tastes like. :yes:
Like lava. I think I read about it in a magmazine. (Sorry)

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