| Sasha (Woolly Rhino) |
Naturally preserved in the Siberian permafrost.
The rhino is about 1.5 meters long (4.9 feet) and 0.8 meters high (2.6 feet)- adults of the species could reach up to 15 feet (4.5 m) long and 6 feet (1.9 m) high at the shoulders.
It was covered by thick hair that was originally a light strawberry blond color. An analysis of Sasha's teeth revealed it was about very young, certainly less than three years.
It had two small horns, and based on the size of its horns, it is supposed it was weaned from its mother; spore and pollen analyses of the stomach contents indicate that grasses and sage brushes formed the main part of its diet.
Researchers hope to extract DNA from the specimen to sequence the animal's genome. This would allow scientists to identify the rhino's closest relatives, and determine whether there were one or two species of woolly rhino in the Late Pleistocene.
Held by the Yakutian Academy of Sciences in Russia.