Hippo

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Hippos (and elephants) in Honiton!

This is one of a collection of bones which included elephant, hippopotamus and deer, recovered during the construction of the Honiton bypass in 1965. Believe it or not, at 135 thousand years old, these bones are the youngest fossils in our collection! The oldest is a staggering 400 million years old!

The Honiton bones date back to a warm period in the last Ice Age called the Ipswitchian interglacial when Southern England had a climate similar to Africa today. The Ice Age was not a single glacial event; it consisted of several very cold periods when ice sheets extended over most of the UK, interspersed with warm periods that were in fact warmer than today. The Ipswitchian interglacial is the second from last warm period and roughly dates back between 135 and 110 thousand years ago.

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Common name

Hippo

Type

Vertebrates > Mammals


Strata

Honiton river gravels

Time period

Quaternary

Age

135,000 years

Where found

Honiton Bypass, 1965

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Allhallows Museum, Honiton

Accession number

HONAM.1998.461.39