12.9" Fossil Horse (Equus) Jaw - River Meuse, Germany

 
 
 
 
 
This is a 12.9" fossil lower jaw of a Pleistocene aged horse from the River Meuse (Maas). Six molars are still in place in the jaw section. This specimen comes from the left mandible of a juvenile individual.

These Pleistocene fossils are dredged up by fishing trawlers in the the North Sea between Britain and Denmark. Fishermen routinely find mammoth teeth and many ice aged fossils in their nets and given the chance that a fossil is accidentally gathered in a net is slim the sea floor is probably littered with the remains of millions of animals. The cold temperatures and low oxygen of the North Sea has created the perfect environment for the preservation of teeth and bones.

While these fossils have been pulled up in nets for more than a century, they were frequently discarded. It wasn't until the past two decades that this material has begun to be systematically collected and studied. By recording the locations of their finds and allowing scientists to make observations before the more common material is made available, much has been learned about the fauna that once roamed the land that now lies 30 to 150 feet below the North Sea waters.

You can read more information about this at the following link.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-watery-grave-of-europes-monsters-1744973.html

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DETAILS
SPECIES
Equus sp.
LOCATION
River Meuse (Maas)
SIZE
12.9" long
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ITEM
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