17.2" Woolly Mammoth Jaw Section - Germany

 
 
 
This beautiful fossil is a partial lower jaw of a young Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius), from the Rhine River, Germany and is between 20 and 50 thousand years old. This amazing example is the left mandible (lower jaw) with M1 and M2 molars locked in position. These teeth show feeding wear and the prisms (hard enamel structures), dentine and cementum are in very good condition. Both teeth show the chewing surface but the rear tooth also shows the unused plates that will move in and form the new tooth as the old one wears away.

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The Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primegenius) is the iconic Pleistocene animal. They had long hair, tusks that extended up to 9 feet, and stood about 12 feet tall. They ranged across the northern hemisphere and were one of the most abundant Pleistocene creatures.


The gravel deposits along the Rhine River used to produce a large number of Pleistocene fossils while quarrying for gravel aggregate. They have become much harder to come by in recent years as the quarry operations have become more mechanized and the fossils are often destroyed in the process.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Mammuthus primigenius
LOCATION
Rhine River, Germany
SIZE
Jaw 17.2" long, molars 11.9" long
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#123609
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