Protected deep within the Late Pleistocene gravel beds of a river in Central Europe, this is a well-preserved right side partial skull element of an extinct late Aurochs (Bos primigenius / taurus). It consists of part of the maxilla with a large, original molar tooth. The entire half of the nasal and pre-maxilla for this side, is also present making this an impressive display specimen or a valuable component to restore a skull as this anatomy is most often missing. It was found by a river dredge removing deep gravel deposits also producing fossils of Woolly Rhinoceros, Woolly Mammoth, Megaloceros, Bison and other extinct Ice Age beasts. The late Aurochs was a reduced animal compared to the earlier form with much broader horns and larger proportions. All the teeth are the original teeth as found. The rich hues of the bone and teeth are natural as a result of the sediments and age. Treated with a clear preservative to stabilize and protect. An excellent display fossil as it is, or an important component in reconstructing a complete skull. NO REPAIR and NO RESTORATION.
A great compliment to a primitive man stone tool and weapon collection as these animals lived alongside humans, played a vital role for resources in human survival during the last Ice Age and were hunted / revered by both Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon man.