Exceedingly Rare Woolly Rhinoceros Jaw with Four Complete Teeth

Coelodonta antiquitatus

Order Perissodactyla, Family Rhinocerotidae

Geological Time: Pleistocene (150,000 years old)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): 350 mm long by 60 mm wide, 140 mm tall (including teeth)

Fossil Site: Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Code: 8577

Price: Sold

Woolly Rhinoceros Jaw FossilDescription: A spectacular example of a left jaw section of the Woolly Rhinoceros, this rare specimen comes from Pleistocene deposits of Wiltshire, United Kingdom estimated at 150,000 years of age. I have NEVER seen a jaw with teeth available in the past. This one has been stabilized to prevent further damage to such an old Woolly Rhinocerosspecimen. These rhinoceros are commonly termed “wooly rhinos” due to their adaptation to the cold. Like the wooly mammoth, they had two types of hair: a coarse guard hair and a fine under fur for insulation.

They first appeared some 350,000 years ago, and may have lived as recently as 10,000 years ago. Near the end of their reign, they extended from South Korea all the way to Scotland, and probably had the widest distribution of any rhinoceros. That they were found in association with man can be seen from 30,000-year-old cave painting in France. This is the first and only such example I have been able to secure, and would make a fine cabinet specimen for any collector.

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