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Woolly mammoth tooth
Woolly mammoth tooth
Woolly mammoth tooth
This mammoth tooth, a molar showing the grinding surface, was dredged up from the North Sea off the Netherlands. The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) is an extinct species, identified from bones and frozen carcasses in northern North America and northern Eurasia – with the best found in Siberia. Although mammoths first appeared 5 million years or so ago, this mammoth species was first recorded in deposits of the second-last ice age in Eurasia. This specimen was donated to the Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum by Professor Peter Harris and is believed to be around 150,000 years old.
Caption: Jenny Bevan
Photo: Jenny Bevan