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EUROPEAN ICE AGE LATE AUROCHS JAW WITH ALL ORIGINAL INTACT TEETH

River Dredge, Slovakia

LATE PLEISTOCENE PERIOD:  200,000 - 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 well-preserved lower jaw 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.  All the teeth are the original teeth as the mandible was found.  The rich hues of the bone and teeth are natural as a result of the sediments and age.  The complete array of teeth are intact and in spectacular preservation making this an excellent reference piece as well as a high-grade Ice Age fossil specimen.  This jaw was retrieved from the river exactly as shown.  Treated with an clear preservative to protect its fine qualities.  An excellent display fossil as it is or an important component in reconstructing a complete skull.  NO REPAIR, RESTORATION or addition of non-original teeth.

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!

NICE AND IMPRESSIVE FOSSIL JAW WITH TEETH OF ONE OF THE CLASSIC ANIMALS OF EUROPE'S LAST ICE AGE

11.9" long

$295     LM17-032     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

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