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PLEISTOCENE LATE AUROCHS SKULL WITH HORN CORES FROM EUROPE'S LAST ICE AGE

(Gravel Bed Pleistocene Deposit) River Dredge, Slovakia

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

Protected deep within the Late Pleistocene gravel beds of a river in Northern Slovakia and retrieved by dredge, this is a RARE, well-preserved substantial partial skull with original horn cores of an extinct late Aurochs (Bos primigenius / taurus).  Collected by a river dredge removing deep gravel deposits also producing fossils of Woolly Rhinoceros, Woolly Mammoth, Cave Lion and other extinct Ice Age beasts.  The late Aurochs was a reduced animal compared to the earlier form with much broader horns and larger proportions. 

The bone is in a remarkably well-preserved state.  The entire posterior portion of the skull is present and both horn cores are partially present and still unbroken at the bases.  The rich hues are natural as a result of the sediments and age.  This is an excellent reference piece as well as a high-grade Ice Age fossil specimen.  This fossil was retrieved from the river exactly as shown.  Treated with a preservative to protect its fine qualities.  An excellent display fossil as it is, or an important component in reconstructing a complete skullNO REPAIR OR RESTORATION.  Modern dredges destroy most fossils in the river gravel deposits and finding complete specimens or even fine grade partials like this is a very uncommon occurrence. 

This would make a phenomenal display piece laying alongside primitive hunting weapons of prehistoric man THE ultimate affordable Aurochs fossil!  A fantastic compliment to a primitive man stone tool and weapon collection as the Aurochs lived alongside prehistoric humans 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!

IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY SPECIMEN IN CHOICE PRESERVATION AND WITH NO RESTORATION OR REPAIR!

13.75" across

SOLD     LM17-026     Actual Item - One Only

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