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PLEISTOCENE LATE AUROCHS SKULL FROM EUROPE'S LAST ICE AGE

Gravel Quarry - Southeastern Poland

LATE PLEISTOCENE PERIOD:  25,000 - 10,000 years ago

Protected deep within a Pleistocene gravel deposit in Poland, this is a rare and highly uncommon fossil skull of a juvenile extinct late Aurochs (Bos primigenius / taurus).  It is in remarkable condition considering the remaining fragile anatomy that survived both the last Ice Age and the dredge that brought it up.  All bone surfaces are impeccable and both horn cores are present with one fully complete to tip.  Entire skull has been chemically treated to preserve and protect its supreme state of preservation.  While not totally complete, much of the skull is present and more impressive is the fact that not a single bit of repair or restoration has been performed.   This would make a phenomenal display piece laying alongside primitive hunting weapons of prehistoric man Interesting brain case is highly detailed and fully visible!  The color is a beautiful, rich dark walnut brown.  This is THE ultimate affordable Aurochs fossil!  This is a rare fossil from a beast that is seldom found in fossil collections.  This specimen would also make a great compliment to a primitive man stone tool and weapon collection as they lived alongside each other at one point in history and were hunted and revered by both Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon man. 

Aurochs are the ancestors of present-day domestic cattle. After the ice age aurochs were spread across Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. They lived on the plains and at the forest's edge. Their populations were gradually reduced as people hunted them and civilization destroyed their habitats.  Surviving the great Pleistocene mass extinction, the last Aurochs known died on a game preserve in Poland in the year 1627 A.D..  

The Aurochs was  a famous animal in prehistoric times.  These massive beasts were an ancient form of cattle with massive bones, heavily muscled bodies and long curving horns.  They were hunted and worshipped by primitive man and featured in many famous prehistoric cave paintings across Europe.  To challenge such a massive and powerful beast with mere wood and stone weaponry must have certainly been quite an experience and no doubt the killing of an aurochs with such primitive weapons would have brought great respect amongst human peers for bravery, if not for insanity!

SPECIMEN IN NOT ONLY CHOICE PRESERVATION BUT WITH NO RESTORATION OR REPAIR!

13.75" across

$595     LM17-021     Actual Item - One Only

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