ARC Work Experience Placement – The Woolly from Wolston

ARC Work Experience Placement – The Woolly from Wolston

Work Experience Students Jessi and Katie wrote this about their favorite item in the store:

Woolly Rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis) lived in the Pilocene and Pleistocene epochs (5.3 million to 11,700 years ago). They went extinct due to a warming climate at the end of an ice age. This is the ulna bone from an individual estimated to have lived between 12 thousand to 50 thousand years ago. The ulna was found in 1995 during a gravel quarry excavation at Wolston quarry. This was the only bone found from this Woolly Rhino.

A woolly rhino could run at a speed of 25 miles per hour and weighed 3.5 tonnes and stood 2 meters tall and 5 meters long. The Ulna is the largest of the two bones in the lower arm. This particular ulna is from the right side of the rhino. 

This is the difference between a human Ulna and a woolly rhino Ulna:

Woolly rhinoceros ulna

Human ulna

18.5 inches long

10 inches long

6.5 inches wide at widest point

1.5 inches at widest point

3 inches wide at narrowest point

0.6 inches at narrowest point

1,148 grams

54 grams



The woolly Rhino Ulna on the left compared to a Human Ulna on the right


An artists reconstruction of what a Woolly Rhino may have looked like


A woolly Rhino Skeleton