This is a rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful fossil upper tusk of an Ice Age wild boar, Sus scrofa. This fossil was brought up by a gravel dredge, with many other Ice Age fossils such as rhino, Megaloceros, mammoth and reindeer, during a construction operation alongside the Maas River of the Netherlands, many years ago. The tusk is complete and in stunning preservation having been retrieved from deep within a clay and gravel Pleistocene layer.
The wild boar was a dangerous and formidable game animal, hunted by prehistoric humans in the last Ice Age. Images of the boar have been found on some of the earliest prehistoric art and cave paintings in Europe. Their teeth have been found drilled to be worn as pendants by prehistoric and ancient humans, likely an appreciation of the ferocity and bravery of these beasts.