Woolly Rhinoceros

Woolly Rhinoceros… in Purbeck!

This is the upper left molar of a woolly rhinoceros that lived during the last Ice Age. The ice sheets did not reach Dorset, but the climate would have been Arctic. Like their smaller modern relatives, woolly rhinoceroses ate plants. They possibly used their horns for snow clearance.

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Common name

Woolly Rhinoceros

Scientific name

Coelodonta cf. antiquitatis

Type

Vertebrates > Mammals


Strata

Holocene

Time period

Quaternary

Age

10 thousand years

Where found

Encombe

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.11639-4