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Woolly Rhinoceros Tooth - 3.11"

Woolly Rhinoceros Tooth - 3.11"

This specimen is a 3.11" Woolly Rhinoceros Tooth recovered from Siberia. The estimated age is 20,000 years old.

As pictured above, the tooth is mounted on a simple wooden stand but can be removed easily enough. The mounting point is a drill hole so if you'd like to make your own stand that should be very easy to do.

Please Note: Each tooth has been prepared by hand, and in some cases, there may be jaw bone fragments still attached to roots. This should be readily apparent in the pictures, but we thought it would be important to mention this detail. If the jaw fragments are present, do not try to remove them. They've been left in place to provide stability to the specimen. Along this line, it is also important to note that while the enamel of the tooth is shiny and tough, the roots can be fragile. For this reason, nearly all of the roots have been sealed with penetrative stabilizers.

The Woolly Rhinos of the Pleistocene were a sight to behold, with massive bodies covered in thick hair, humped shoulders to carry their heavy heads, and titanic horns which made them tower over the expansive steppe landscapes

Coelodonta antiquitatis, the scientific name of the woolly rhino, emerged in Europe and Asia during the Pleistocene, where their long hair and heavy fat made them capable of surviving the permafrost climate. These animals were huge, comparable in size to the modern white rhino. They could reach up to 12 feet in length and six thousand pounds, making them a tank of a creature. Most impressive was their front horn, a massive keratin formation over 4 feet long.

Direct evidence of human contact with the woolly rhino is rare to come by. There are, however, some examples of bone weapons and scavenging events. The rhinos also appear in many pieces of early cave art, particularly in the 30,000-year-old Chauvet cave paintings of France.

The woolly rhinoโ€™s extinction came at the end of the last ice age, 11,700 years ago. A number of theories have been put forward as to the exact cause of extinction, with the change in climate and human overhunting both as prominent sources of population loss. Whatever the case, mummified remains of the species can still be found today in permafrost, opening an amazing window into our distant past.

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