4.1" Fossil Woolly Rhino (Coelodonta) Tooth - Siberia

This is a beautifully preserved fossil tooth from a woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis). The enamel is very well preserved, with brown-black tones coating the entirety of the crown. This fossil comes from Siberia, Russia, where many Woolly Mammoth and Rhino fossils are unearthed. It is mostly complete (minus portions of the root) and shows minimal restoration.

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 it lived in.

Artist's reconstruction of a woolly rhino.
Artist's reconstruction of a woolly rhino.

The wooly rhino grew to 11 feet in length and stood 6 feet at its shoulders. It had a huge pair of horns that grew inline on its snout. The front horn grew to lengths in excess of 3 feet. Like modern rhinos, wooly rhinoceroses had horns composed of keratin. They first appeared in the fossil record 1.8 million years ago and went extinct as recently as 10,000 years ago.

Coelodonta antiquitatis
Siberia, Russia
4.1" long (including root)
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