|The hollow teeth look like|
they have little faces!
The scientific name for woolly rhinos is Coelodonta antiquitatis. This translates as "old hollow-tooth," which is kind of a fun nickname for the woolly rhino. I could not find any explanation about why these animals had hollow teeth. All I know is that they did.
The thing you might notice most about the woolly rhino was that it had two scary-looking horns, which were made of something called keratin. The bigger horn could be as long as 3 feet. It was used for scooping snow off the grass, for fighting, and to attract mates.
|The woolly rhino in the Krakow museum|
Anyway, a bunch of big animals such as the woolly mammoth, woolly rhino, and giant sloths all went extinct at about the same time. This might have been because the humans and the Neanderthals were hunting them. Or it might have been because of the climate changes at the end of the Ice Age. Or maybe the animals all caught some disease and died. Anyway, by 13,000 or 10,000 years ago, the woolly rhino was all gone. Which is too bad, because I think a dog bed made of nice woolly rhino fur would be the perfect thing to keep me warm this winter!