10.5" Juvenile Woolly Rhino (Coelodonta) Jaw - Pleistocene

 
 
 
This is a rare, 10.5" long, fossil lower jaw of a Late Pleistocene aged Woolly Rhino (Coelodonta antiquitatis). It came from the North Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands. There are four original molars still in place. One aspect that makes this such a rare piece is that it would have come from a very young, juvenile animal.

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The woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis) is an extinct species of rhinoceros that was common throughout Europe and northern Asia during the Pleistocene epoch. As the last and most derived member of the Pleistocene rhinoceros lineage, the woolly rhinoceros was well adapted to its environment. Stocky limbs and thick woolly fur made it well suited to the steppe-tundra environment that is lived in.

Artists reconstruction of a Woolly Rhino.
Artists reconstruction of a Woolly Rhino.


These Pleistocene fossils are dredged up by fishing trawlers in the the North Sea between Britain and Denmark. Fishermen routinely find mammoth teeth and many ice aged fossils in their nets and given the chance that a fossil is accidentally gathered in a net is slim the sea floor is probably littered with the remains of millions of animals. The cold temperatures and low oxygen environment of the North Sea has aided in the preservation of these teeth and bones.



While these fossils have been pulled up in nets for more than a century, they were frequently discarded. It wasn't until the past two decades that this material has begun to be systematically collected and studied. By recording the locations of their finds and allowing scientists to make observations before the more common material is made available, much has been learned about the fauna that once roamed the land that now lies 30 to 150 feet below the North Sea waters.

You can read more information about this at the following link.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-watery-grave-of-europes-monsters-1744973.html
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SPECIES
Coelodonta antiquitatis
LOCATION
North Sea, Doggerland Bank, Netherlands Coast
SIZE
10.5" long
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