The single report in Romania of the Middle Miocene rhinoceros Brachypotherium brachypus, a rare species in our country or elsewhere in Europe, is from Petros locality in Hațeg basin. This find is an old one, nearly a century and half ago. A fragmentary letter written by the Hațeg naturalist Ádám Buda to Prof. Antal Koch retrieved in the Paleontological Museum of Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca brings some light about this find. The letter was probably written around 1881-1882 and reveals the active exchanges of scientific data between the professor from Cluj and country people interested in natural sciences.

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