This is a large and nearly complete, well-preserved cervical neck fossil vertebra from one of the most famous beasts of the last Ice Age - the Woolly Rhinoceros, known scientifically as Coelodonta antiquitatis. It was collected during fishing operations, from the Ice Age fossil-bearing Doggerland ocean floor sediments of the southern North Sea. We cleaned this specimen in our lab with a microblaster to reveal the spectacular preserved detail. It is virtually complete and in a remarkable, unbroken state. Notice that this posterior centrum face has a gap around the articulating joint indicating this vertebra was not fully ossified and therefore, from a still growing Woolly Rhinoceros despite its very large size!
Woolly Rhinoceros fossils are far less abundant than other Ice Age beasts such as Woolly Mammoth. This vertebra is INTACT and with NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION. A highly recommended fossil from one of Europe's classic beasts of the Ice Age!
This fossil 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.