A Conversation for Colours of Wildlife: Greater One-Horned Rhino
Elektragheorgheni -Please read 'The Post' Started conversation Oct 29, 2012
Wow, these are really panzered nicely. Is their skin really that thick, Willem? All those prehistoric one are really cool too. I wonder if there was something in the water that made everything so BIG back then. The scale was definately different.
Willem Posted Oct 30, 2012
Hello Elektra, thanks for commenting! The skin of a rhino is indeed very thick, and as hard to the touch as a concrete wall (I've touched so I know.) As for big things, the problem at the moment is, us humans are crowding out all the other big things. As size go we're actually among the biggest of living creatures ... most living things are tiny, and the average mammal is probably not much bigger than a rat, if you take all of them and average. The Paraceratherium lived very long ago, but the Elasmotherium was still around at the time of early modern man. Some of the mammoths that were around not long ago also became very big, and they're gone mostly because of us. There were gigantic mammoths in the USA as well until relatively recently (a few thousands of years ago). That is, geologicaly speaking, just yesterday.
abbi normal "Putting on the Ritz" with Dr Frankenstein Posted Oct 31, 2012
They are finding more woolly mamoths,here in the northern US.
Scientists have some woolly hair that was left on several speciemens recovered recentlywish I recalled
what country that was. They wanted to use the DNA if possible, and mix it with a special oxen or yak,I think it was.
I would like to experience touching a rhino hidethick as cement!
Willem Posted Nov 1, 2012
Hi there Abbi! I'll check about the mammoths. As for the rhino I just want to make clear it was actually not an Indian rhino, but one of our own white rhinos, I touched one that was in the Pretoria zoo. Hard and rough and dry like a concrete wall!
abbi normal "Putting on the Ritz" with Dr Frankenstein Posted Nov 2, 2012
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