Evolution and extinction of the giant rhinoceros Elasmotherium sibiricum sheds light on late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions

@article{Kosintsev2018EvolutionAE,
  title={Evolution and extinction of the giant rhinoceros Elasmotherium sibiricum sheds light on late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions},
  author={P. Kosintsev and Kieren J. Mitchell and T. Devi{\`e}se and J. van der Plicht and M. Kuitems and E. Petrova and A. Tikhonov and T. Higham and D. Comeskey and C. Turney and A. Cooper and Thijs van Kolfschoten and A. Stuart and A. Lister},
  journal={Nature Ecology & Evolution},
  year={2018},
  volume={3},
  pages={31-38}
}
Understanding extinction events requires an unbiased record of the chronology and ecology of victims and survivors. The rhinoceros Elasmotherium sibiricum, known as the ‘Siberian unicorn’, was believed to have gone extinct around 200,000 years ago—well before the late Quaternary megafaunal extinction event. However, no absolute dating, genetic analysis or quantitative ecological assessment of this species has been undertaken. Here, we show, by accelerator mass spectrometry radiocarbon dating of… Expand
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