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Woolly rhinoceros jaw  © 2000 The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester

Woolly rhinoceros jaw

Jaw bone from Pin Hole. Last Ice Age, 50,000-38,000 years old.

This is one of many specimens of woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis) found by A.L. Armstrong in Pin Hole between 1924 and 1936. This fragment is the front part of the lower jaw and the presence of milk teeth show that it is from a very young animal. Tooth marks on the bone indicates gnawing by spotted hyaenas. Judging from the quantity of gnawed woolly rhinoceros specimens from Pin Hole, this animal appears to have been a common prey for spotted hyaenas.

The woolly rhinoceros was an important animal of the Last Cold Stage fauna and had a slightly more southerly distribution than that of the mammoth. This jaw is part of a fauna which can be most probably dated to between 50,000-38,000 years ago.

Glossary: Last Cold Stage