Ancient genomes suggest woolly rhinos went extinct due to climate change, not overhunting

ScienceDaily | Aug 13, 2020 at 7:05 PM
  • To learn about the size and stability of the woolly rhinoceros population in Siberia, the researchers studied the DNA from tissue, bone, and hair samples of 14 individuals.
  • This stability lasted until well after humans began living in Siberia, contrasting the declines that would be expected if the woolly rhinos went extinct due to hunting.
  • The researchers hope to study the DNA of additional woolly rhinoceroses that lived in that crucial 4,500-year gap between the last genome they sequenced and their extinction.