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WILD BOAR UPPER JAW SECTION WITH THREE ORIGINAL TEETH

Undisclosed Cave in the Ardennes Forest, Belgium

PLEISTOCENE 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 fossil.  

This 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 woodlands.  

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 humans.  

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.

EXCELLENT AND UNCOMMON ICE AGE BOAR SPECIMEN!

2.5" in length

SOLD     LM41-009     INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX     Actual Item - One Only

 

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