Young Aurochs skull with original horn cores, (Bos primigenius / taurus) Late Pleistocene, c. 15,000 - 10,000 years ago, Central Europe. The late Aurochs were a significantly smaller animal compared to the earlier form with much broader horns and larger proportions. This baby skull cap still has both the original tiny horn still present and unbroken. The bone is in a remarkably well-preserved state, the ventral view showing the exposed brain case! The entire posterior portion of the skull is present and both horn cores still unbroken at the bases. The rich hues are natural as a result of the sediments, as well age. This is an excellent reference piece as well as a high-grade Ice Age fossil specimen. This fossil has been treated with a preservative to protect its fine qualities. 7 1/2 in across at horn cores. Ex German private collection acquired in the 1960’s.
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