The study identifies a newly discovered 3 to 5-million-year-old Tibetan fox from the
The paper's lead author is
These writers, on a team with other geologists and paleontologists and led by Wang, uncovered the fossil specimens in the
In addition to the arctic fox, the team also uncovered extinct species of a wooly rhino, three-toed horse, Tibetan bharal (also known as blue sheep), chiru (Tibetan antelope), snow leopard, badger, as well as 23 other mammals.
The origin of the cold-adapted Pleistocene megafauna has usually been sought either in the arctic tundra or in the cool steppes elsewhere.
But the team's new fossil assemblage boosts an alternative scenario, which the authors call the "out of
It argues that some of the Ice Age megafauna (which in
The study is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. (ANI)
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