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 offshore 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.