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

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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 ...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/s41559-018-0722-0

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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SSD
Department:
School of Archaeology
Sub department:
Archaeology Research Lab
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Higham, T
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324139 “PalaeoChron”
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Publisher:
Springer Nature Publisher's website
Journal:
Nature Ecology and Evolution Journal website
Volume:
3
Pages:
31–38
Publication date:
2018-11-26
Acceptance date:
2018-10-16
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EISSN:
2397-334X
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909024
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pubs:909024
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uuid:ae9eac15-c4a7-4adc-9ac2-ff3345b59489
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pubs:909024
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2018-10-18

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