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Woolly Mammoth Jaw Mammuthus Primigenius - Pleistocene

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Woolly Mammoth Jaw Mammuthus Primigenius - Pleistocene
A very rare and large pre-historic Woolly Mammoth Jaw, dating to the Pleistocene period, approximately 200,000-20,000 years before present. One of the largest and rarest prehistoric pieces we have handled.  The colossal mandible of this long extinct creature is very well preserved.  The articular surfaces (condyles) of the mandible are well shown and the thin mandibular notch survives with continuity on one side, with only minor fragmentation on the other.  Unusually, all four original molars survive.  Anatomical features suggestive of enormous crushing power include the mental and mandibular foramen (the perforations visible at the front and upper inner surfaces respectively), carrying nerves, and the rough surface on the inner face of the jaw, where the huge pterygoid muscles once inserted. A magnificent and imposing piece, originating from a mature Mammuthus primigenius (woolly mammoth).  The woolly mammoth occupied parts of North America and Eurasia up until the last Ice Age, when it perished as a result of changes in our planet's climate and pressure exerted from the emerging Homo sapiens population. Dimensions: 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 19 inches. Condition: In exceptional condition.  Organically preserved in water, rather than fossilized, with consequent high levels of preserved anatomical detail.  The mandible reattached at the front, some minor consolidation on one side, minor losses and professionally conserved. Photographs show the new $800 bespoke museum quality perspex mount which accompanies this item. Provenance: Excavated from the River Rhine gravel deposits, Germany in the 1960's. Published by Bonham’s Auction House, New Bond Street – est. £4000-6000

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