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-- The remains of four woolly rhinos found in a quarry in central England will provide important clues about the Ice Age, scientists said recently.
The remains of the extinct mammals, which were found at Whitemoor Haye in Staffordshire, are among the most complete ever found in Britain.
One had plant material in its teeth, providing clues to its diet, said Simon Buteux, director of the field archaeology unit at the University of Birmingham.
"We'll be able to piece together the whole Ice Age environment in that area," Buteux said.
Researchers at the central England site also found well-preserved ancient plants and insects, in addition to the remains of bones from a mammoth, reindeer, wild horse, bison and a wolf.
Scientists said the finds should enable archaeologists to build a detailed picture of what life was like in central England 30,000 to 50,000 years ago.
"The plants in particular are beautifully preserved," he said. "They look as if they were buried last week, quite frankly. And in among them are remains of beetles, which are very sensitive to the climate, so this will give us good clues to what the local environment was back then."
Woolly rhinos, or Coelodonta antiquitatis, are known to have lived along the River Trent in Staffordshire during the Ice Age. Scientists believe they may have survived until as recently as 10,000 years ago.
"This is the best example of a woolly rhino I have ever seen," said Andy Currant, paleontologist and Ice Age expert from the Natural History Museum in London, where the bones have been taken. "The bones are exceptionally well preserved. Usually, remains have been scavenged by predators and only fragments survive."
Archaeologists believe the animal was saved from predators because it froze soon after death.