Woolly Rhinoceros Skull Replica


The Woolly Rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis) is an extinct species of rhinoceros that inhabited northern Eurasia during the Pleistocene epoch. The Woolly Rhinoceros was a member of the Pleistocene megafauna.


Woolly Rhinoceros Skull Replica measures 31 inches. Woolly Rhinoceros Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Woolly Rhinoceros or Coelodonta antiquitatis is an extinct species of rhinoceros that was common throughout Europe and northern Asia during the Pleistocene epoch and survived until the end of the last glacial period. The Woolly rhinoceros was a member of the Pleistocene megafauna.

The Woolly Rhinoceros or Coelodonta antiquitatis was covered with long, thick hair that allowed it to survive in the extremely cold, harsh mammoth steppe. It had a massive hump reaching from its shoulder and fed mainly on herbaceous plants that grew in the steppe.

Mummified carcasses preserved in permafrost and many bone remains of woolly rhinoceroses or Coelodonta antiquitatis have been found. Images of Woolly Rhinoceros are found among cave paintings in Europe and Asia.

Woolly Rhinoceros or Coelodonta antiquitatis remains have been known long before the species was described, and were the basis for some mythical creatures. Native peoples of Siberia believed their horns were the claws of giant birds. A Whooly rhinoceros or Coelodonta antiquitatis skull was found in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 1335, and was believed to be that of a dragon.

In 1590, it was used as the basis for the head on a statue of a lindworm. Gotthilf Heinrich von Schubert maintained the belief that the horns were the claws of giant birds, and classified the animal under the name Gryphus antiquitatis, meaning “ancient griffin”.

One of the earliest scientific descriptions of an Woolly Rhinoceros or Coelodonta antiquitatis species was made in 1769, when the naturalist Peter Simon Pallas wrote a report on his expeditions to Siberia where he found a skull and two horns in the permafrost. In 1772, Pallas acquired a head and two legs of a rhinoceros from the locals in Irkutsk, and named the species Rhinoceros lenenesis (after the Lena River).

In 1799, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach studied rhinoceros bones from the collection of the University of Göttingen, and proposed the scientific name Rhinoceros antiquitatis.

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Weight 35 lbs
Dimensions 31 in
Woolly Rhinoceros Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Rhinocerotidae
Genus: †Coelodonta
Species: †C. antiquitatis
Binomial name: †Coelodonta antiquitatis
Conservation Status: Extinct