Protected deep within the Late Pleistocene gravel beds of the Maas River in the Netherlands, this is a well-preserved lower right side jaw of an extinct late Aurochs (Bos primigenius / taurus). An original collection label is written on the anterior end showing this was collected in July of 1985, coming from an old Dutch fossil collection. It was found by a river dredge removing deep gravel deposits also producing fossils of Woolly Rhinoceros, Woolly Mammoth, Megaloceros, Bison 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 found with the front teeth still emerging on what was a young animal. The rich hues of the bone and teeth are natural as a result of the sediments and age. Treated with a clear preservative to stabilize and protect. An excellent display fossil as it is, or an important component in reconstructing a complete skull. This jaw would also be a great compliment to a primitive man stone tool and weapon collection as these animals lived alongside humans, played a vital role for resources in human survival during the last Ice Age and were hunted / revered by both Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon man.