Mammoth tooth

Woolly mammoth in Sidmouth!

This woolly mammoth tooth was found in clay below Sidmouth Beach, opposite the Belmont Hotel, on 13 January 1873. It was presented to the museum by P O Hutchinson. Like the Honiton Hippo site on the River Otter, the River Sid would once have been a suitable habitat for large mammals to roam, die and become fossilised. As sea levels were much lower then, those river gravel deposits extended off shore from where the coast is today, explaining how a woolly mammoth might appear on the beach at Sidmouth.

Find out more on the mammals pages.

Common name

Mammoth tooth

Scientific name

Mammuthus primigenius

Type

Vertebrates > Mammals


Strata

Recent

Time period

Quaternary

Age

45,000-25,000 years

Where found

In clay below Sidmouth beach

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Sidmouth Museum

Accession number

SID.G128.2009