Dredged years ago from the Doggerland deposits at the bottom of the southern North Sea, this is a well-preserved fossil thoracic vertebra from an extinct late Aurochs (Bos primigenius / taurus). The late Aurochs was a reduced animal compared to the earlier form with much broader horns and larger proportions. This Aurochs fossil was found amongst a number of related megafauna Ice Age fossils of Woolly Rhinoceros, Mammoth, Aurochs, Megaloceros and Wisent.
This vertebra would have been located up near the shoulders. The long dorsal spine would have supported the massive muscles and tendons in the upper body of the animal. The color is a beautiful light brown with original gravel bed fossil sediments still in the crevices. NO REPAIR and NO RESTORATION.
This would make a phenomenal display piece laying alongside European primitive hunting weapons of prehistoric man! Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon humans lived alongside the Aurochs which played a vital role for resources in human survival during the last Ice Age. In Europe, the Aurochs were hunted and revered by prehistoric humans. Many prehistoric cave art in Europe features spectacular pictures of these magnificent beasts.