SECTION WITH THREE ORIGINAL TEETH
Undisclosed Cave in
the Ardennes Forest, Belgium
PERIOD: 150,000 years ago
This is a unique
opportunity to acquire a portion of the upper jaw with three original
teeth of a wild boar from a Pleistocene CAVE! deposit from the Ardennes Forest.
The flared out region of the bone on the left is there the massive blunt
upper tusk protruded from. Skull image below shows the location where these teeth were located on the animal. A highly uncommon
rare specimen was collected in a cave in Belgium in the Ardennes
Forest from a layer that was dated 150,000 years old.
The layer these boar fossils
were found was a layer AT THE BOTTOM of a HIGHER layer of Cave Hyena
fossils. It seems that a long-term occupation of Cave Hyena
existed and some fed on these boar fossils found in the same deposit.
Juvenile Woolly Rhino
fossils were also found associated with these Wild Boar fossils.
These specimens provide an educational example of prey and predator
relationships in the final Ice Age of Europe.
There is no
restoration or compositing, only hardening of the entire specimen has been
performed. Wild boar
remains from the Ice Age are rather uncommon Pleistocene fossils and
usually, all that is found is an occasional tusk. Cave finds such
as this, are exceedingly rare!
Pigs belong to the
Suidae Family and are artiodactyls, even-toed ungulates. These
mammals usually have either two or four weight-bearing toes with
hooves. The "cloven hoof" appearance is characteristic
of pigs, deer and cattle. Pigs evolved in the Oligocene Period,
most likely in Asia and first appeared in Europe during the Miocene
Period. They are omnivores and in prehistoric times, have lived in
a wide variety of habitats including tropical rainforests and dense
The wild boar is a
large and extremely ferocious beast that still survives today in the
species Sus scrofa. They have a saying in the Balkans that
"you take a hunter with you when you want to kill a deer but you
take a priest when you want to kill a boar". Wild boars are
fearless creatures that have been known to attack and many times, kill
Only the male boars
develop long canines in its lower jaw. They prefer leafy forests
and usually live in lairs hollowed out of the ground or thicket.
They are predominantly nocturnal and are most active from sundown until
just before sunrise. Small groups stick together with a dominant
male reigning over a very large area of the forest. Modern day
wild boars usually live in the wild for 8-10 years.
AND UNCOMMON ICE AGE BOAR SPECIMEN!
2.5" in length
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX Actual
Item - One Only