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The White rhinoceros

4 August 2015

 

www.leopard.tvThe rhinoceroses of the world developed from a single ancestor in Eurasia and later divided into Asian and African forms, with the white and black rhinoceroses in Africa although there are some authors who believe that a third type of rhinoceros occurs in a limited part of North Africa. The white rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum is also sometimes known as the square-lipped rhinoceros because of its wide mouth that is adapted to feeding close to the ground. The wide mouth and nose are also reflected in the scientific name which is derived from the Greek words cerato for horn, therium for wild beast and simum for flat-nosed.

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article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

 

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