Rare rhino fossil preserved by prehistoric volcanic eruption
|The fossil, found in Turkey, is thought to be that of a large two-horned rhino common in the Eastern Mediterranean region during that period [Credit: Pierre-Olivier Antoine/PLoS ONE 7(11): e49997. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049997]|
|Illustration of two Horned Rhino [Credit: Maëva J. Orliac/PLoS ONE 7(11): e49997. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049997]|
Although other researchers have previously identified fossils of soft-bodied organisms preserved in volcanic ash, organic matter near an active volcanic eruption is usually quickly destroyed by the high temperatures, making a fossil such as this one extremely rare.
Source: Public Library of Science [November 21, 2012]