Out of Tibet: Pliocene Woolly Rhino Suggests High-Plateau Origin of Ice Age Megaherbivores

@article{Deng2011OutOT,
  title={Out of Tibet: Pliocene Woolly Rhino Suggests High-Plateau Origin of Ice Age Megaherbivores},
  author={Tao Deng and Xiaoming Wang and Mikael Fortelius and Qiang Li and Yang Wang and Zhijie Jack Tseng and Gary T. Takeuchi and Joel Edward Saylor and Laura S{\"a}il{\"a} and Guangpu Xie},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={333},
  pages={1285 - 1288}
}
The Tibetan Plateau acted as a cradle of adaptation to cold for Pleistocene megafauna. Ice Age megafauna have long been known to be associated with global cooling during the Pleistocene, and their adaptations to cold environments, such as large body size, long hair, and snow-sweeping structures, are best exemplified by the woolly mammoths and woolly rhinos. These traits were assumed to have evolved as a response to the ice sheet expansion. We report a new Pliocene mammal assemblage from a high… 
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