4.3" Woolly Rhino (Coelodonta) Jaw Section - Rhine River, Germany

This is a rare, 4.3" long, fossil jaw section of a Late Pleistocene aged Woolly Rhino (Coelodonta antiquitatis), from the Rhine River, Germany. Despite it only being a partial jaw, it's very well preserved and has three of the original molars still in place. One interesting aspect is an unerupted tooth can be seen growing into place to replace one of the exposed molars. A very fascinating piece.

Comes with a display stand.

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.

The gravel deposits along the Rhine River used to produce a large number of Pleistocene fossils while miners quarried for gravel aggregate. They have become much harder to come by in recent years as the quarry operations have become more mechanized, often destroying fossils in the process.
Coelodonta antiquitatis
Rhine River, Germany
4.3" long
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