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New fossils of giant rhino found in Gansu dates back to 26.5 million years ago

New fossils of giant rhino found in Gansu dates back to 26.5 million years ago

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An ecological reconstruction of the Paraceratherium linxiaense during the late Oligocene. Photo: Xinhua.
An ecological reconstruction of the Paraceratherium linxiaense during the late Oligocene. Photo: Xinhua.

Deng Tao, director of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, led a Sino-U.S. research team to analyze the fossils of giant rhinos, which dated back to 26.5 million years ago in the edge of China's Tibetan Plateau and the Linxia basin in Gansu Province according to The Xinhua News Agency reports.

An ecological reconstruction of the Paraceratherium linxiaense during the late Oligocene. Photo by wikipedia.org.

The fossil, named after Paraceratherium linxiaense, belongs to a new species of the giant rhinos.

The giant rhino, Paraceratherium, is considered the largest land mammal that ever lived and was mainly found in Asia, especially China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan, according to an article published on the Institute's website.

A huge axis of the giant rhino Paraceratherium linxiaense. Filed photo provided to China News Service by Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences/ Xinhua.

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