Spectacular complete Woolly Rhinoceros skull fossil, Coelodonta antiquitatis, Pleistocene, c. 120,000 - 20,000 years ago, Meuse River, Belgium. This amazing signature specimen is a complete skull from one of the most famous beasts of the last Ice Age. While a fossil Woolly rhino skull from any location is rare at this level of preservation, this example being from Europe, rather than the Siberian Tundra as most have been found, makes this an especially note-worthy piece. It has been many years since fossils at this level of preservation have been found, as today's machinery most often grinds and destroys the specimens before they can be discovered. The permanent change in river dredge technology has made these rare fossils even more rare as present-day discoveries like this are nearly impossible to find. Despite some restoration, this fantastically preserved specimen is a once in a lifetime type of piece for collectors. There is approximately 10% restoration to the skull and jaw. All teeth are authentic. 32 in x 14 1/2 in Ex Stolzenbach collection, found by dredge in the 1960's.
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