This looks like a bone of a woolly rhinoceros. Salko the Wolf found the lumbar vertebra on the Hors this Sunday. It is from the last Ice Age, when mammoths, steppe bison and giant deer were wandering around here. Presumably it is some 25,000 to 40,000 years old. Then the North Sea was not a sea, but land. With a sand replenishment it probably came from the North Sea floor to the Texel coast.
One does not find such a wonderful object every day! Still, it is worth the trouble to look for bones and other stuff on the beach. Earlier this year already, a bone of a steppe bison, a mammoth bone, a jaw of a giant deer, the humerus of a gray seal and a bone of a wolf have been found. Salko has decided to donate his find to Ecomare.
Latest blog update on our rhinos – Borneo Rhino Alliance: here.
A new oldest woolly rhino fossil in Tibet suggests some giant mammals evolved there before the beginning of the Ice Age, but it leaves a lot of questions about where these giants came from and how they acquired their adaptations for life in a cold environment: here.
Theft of replica rhino horns at Natural History Museum, Tring: here.
Steppe bison jaw on Texel: here.
Lion fossil on Texel: here.
- Woolly rhino reveals Arctic Britain (bbc.co.uk)
- Ancient Woolly Rhino Discovered, Giving Clues about Earth’s Icy Climate (scienceworldreport.com)
- Woolly rhino bones discovery allows scientists to calculate Britain¿s temperature 42,000 years ago (and if you think it¿s cold now, it used to be -22C!) (dailymail.co.uk)
- New wasp species discovery on Texel island (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Pictures: Extinct Species That Could Be Brought Back (news.nationalgeographic.com)
- Lanigeris aranea (wellheregoes.wordpress.com)
- Freshwater fish of Wadden Sea islands (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Ancient woolly mammoth on show (bbc.co.uk)
- Scoter ducks still near Texel, cold spring (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- 10 fascinating facts about woolly mammoths (ted.com)