A group of scientists from the Crimean Federal University named after V.I. Vernadsky (KFU), together with specialists from Moscow and Yekaterinburg, discovered about 300 kg of bones of ancient animals. According to researchers, the remains found in June 2018 were in one cave, which, according to scientists, was a haven for predators, where they dragged their prey.
“We found the tooth and rib of a young individual of the ancient rhinoceros stephanorinus. This is a two-horned rhino, similar to the modern African, about 2 m high and 3.5 m in length. In addition to the bones of the rhino, we found a large antelope horn, perhaps this is a species that we did not find in the cave earlier. There are bones of bulls, a phalanx of the saber-toothed tiger homotherium. Clarification of the species composition of the fauna in the area of the Tavrida Cave continues, ”said Dmitry Startsev, the leading methodologist of the Crimean Federal University Zoological Museum.
After finding bones in caves, scientists began to study approaches to it, including the bones of small vertebrates. According to experts, the age of the found remains is about 1.5 - 1.8 million years, but specialists have yet to clarify the exact age.