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Tricerotops

20 May 2016 15:32:12

Tricerotops is one of the best known dinosaur species, beloved by children and adults worldwide, even featuring in such films as Jurassic Park. The Tricerotops is even the official state fossil of South Dakota, and the official state dinosaur of Wyoming.

It’s name comes from the Greek words “tri” meaning three, “kéras” meaning horn and “ops” which means face, so it’s name means “Three-horned face”. It hails from the Late Cretaceous Period, and roamed our Earth 65 to 68 million years ago in North America.

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Woolly Rhino Jaw

12 Feb 2016 15:04:06

 

WOOLY Rhinoceros: unique rare jaw bone with 4 well preserved Molar teeth.

 

Woolly Rhino Jaw. Coelodonta antiquitatis. From the Devensian river gravels of the Thames. Found in Oxfordshire. aged at approx 20,000 years.

 

This fossil measures 46.5cm x 13cm x 12.5cm.

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Woolly Rhino

31 Jan 2016 08:44:41

The Woolly Rhino (Coelodonta antiquitatis) was in existence as a species for about 35,000 years, disappearing from the Earth about 10,000 years ago, that is, from the late Pleiocene to the early Holocene. Fossils are fairly common and have been found throughout Europe and Asia, and not only fossils, well preserved remains have been found in ice or mud. In Ukraine, a carcass of a female Woolly Rhino was found in the mud, where the mix of oils and salt found in the mud had preserved the soft tissues and hair of the Rhino, making for an extremely fascinating find. The baby rhino, found in Siberia in a frozen riverbank has been nicknamed “Sasha”, and is the only complete young specimen found to date. Only a few adult bodies have been found so far, two complete bodies, without hair were found in Ukraine, and a headless, frozen mummified rhino had been previously found in eastern Siberia. The oldest fossil of the woolly rhinoceros in Europe, is a skull fragmented into 50 pieces, found in a gravel pit near Bad Frankenhausen, Germany. The skull has been dated, and is 460,000 years old, which suggests when the rhino first made its appearance in Europe.

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Fossils

13 Jul 2015 16:24:57

I went to the post office this morning to post back a megalodon tooth, 1.7 million years old, from California. The tooth was the fabled 6 inches long, but only on one side, so not quite as impressive as a normal 6 inch tooth, which is the gold standard amongst collectors of megalydon teeth. Unfortunately for me, the collector that I had this in mind for, wanted something which was more symmetrical than this tooth. It’s okay though, it’s still an amazing object, from a shark that could grow up to the size of a London bendy bus. It is part of an ancestral line of sharks...

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Orthoceras

9 Jun 2015 15:22:17

Orthoceras were one of the earliest and most successful sea living predators. Their bodies were constituted of a sharp beak and tentacles similar in design to modern cuttlefish and squid. They lived in the front chamber of their shells. Their only distant surviving relative today is the Nautilus which occurs in the Indian Ocean.

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Posted in Fossils By Steven
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