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Hippopotamus teeth © 2000 The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester

Hippopotamus teeth

Hippopotamus upper tooth rows from Mother Grundy's Parlour. Last Interglacial, 130,000-110,000 years old

These left and right upper tooth rows of hippopotamus (hippopotamus amphibius) were found in 1878 during excavations at Mother Grundy's Parlour supervised by Donald Knight. It was the recovery of hippopotamus remains from this cave which prompted Revd Magens Mello and Professor W.Boyd Dawkins to have the site excavated. Abundant remains of the hippopotamus are one of the characteristic features of the warmest part of the Last Interglacial, 130,000-110,000 years ago.

The modern range of the hippopotamus in sub-Saharan Africa has been greatly influenced by human activity. During the Pleistocene hippopotami were common around the Mediterranean. Their presence in Britain is a reflection of the rapid warming of climate in the Last Interglacial. Fossil remains are known from as far north as North Yorkshire.

Glossary: Glacial, Ice Age, Interglacial, Pleistocene