Prehistoric Rhinos in Sri Lanka’s Lunugala

Prehistoric Rhinos in Sri Lanka’s Lunugala

Written by Staff Writer

20 Jan, 2022 | 7:31 am

COLOMBO (News 1st); The fossilized remains of 2 Rhinoceros were discovered in a gem mine at the foot of the Rilaulu hill range in Lunugala in Madolsima in 1996.

These pre-historic animals lived in this area, which is a thick rain forest.

Dr. Mohan Abeyratne from the Faculty of Bio-Science of the University of Peradeniya examined the fossils and confirmed that they were those of Rhinoceros that lived 80,000 years ago.

According to experts, these Rhinoceros had died in a Meteoric shower that took place more than 80,000 years ago.

Two skulls were found 65 feet below ground level, and Fauna Specialist Kelum Nalinda Manamendra Arachchi confirmed that they were the skulls of Rhinoceros that lived in the Pleistocene age.

Fauna Specialist Kelum Nalinda Manamendra Arachchi who obtained the samples of the fossilized teeth after examining them of Rhinoceros said that one Rhinoceros was a mother and the other was it’s young.

This report was done with the contribution of Ruhaza Irfan.

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