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Woolly rhinoceros leg bone © 2000 Natural History Museum, London

Woolly rhinoceros leg bone

Bone from lower part of front leg of woolly rhinoceros from Church Hole. Middle Last Ice Age.

This shaft from the fore-leg (humerus) of a woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis) was found during the Victorian excavations between 1875 and 1876 in Church Hole, Creswell Crags. Both ends of the bone have been destroyed by carnivore gnawing, most probably that of spotted hyaena. Also, much of the internal spongy tissue has been removed leaving this characteristic 'tankard'. The age of this bone is most probably somewhere in the middle of the Last Cold Stage.

Glossary: Carnivore, Last Cold Stage