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Rare mammoth find in Fenland

Jamie Jordan and Sarah Moore with a juvenile mammoth bone that has been found in a Fenland Quarry


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Jamie Jordan and Sarah Moore with a juvenile mammoth bone that has been found in a Fenland Quarry Contact Jamie Jordan 07889468862 ANL-140815-083047009

A rare find of a mammoth bone has given a glimpse into the large beasts that once roamed around Fenland.

Staff at the Fossils Galore Centre in March are preserving the leg bone and hope more pieces will turn up in the coming weeks.

Jamie Jordan and his team were called to a quarry in the area on Thursday after a digger driver had uncovered the bone.

Mr Jordan believes it belonged to a juvenile mammoth and will be studying it to unlock more secrets of the past in the coming months.

He said: “It is so exciting to find something like this. We are so grateful to the staff at the quarry and to the digger driver for letting us know.

“Not many mammoth bones like this have been found in the Fenland area so it will definitely be of importance.

“This bone will help us to understand what life and the environment around this area was like. It will help to build up a bigger picture.”

Mammoths roamed the earth during the last Ice Age and may have been killed off when the planet warmed up.

The bone, which is about 1.5ft long, is well preserved in a silt bed.

The team hope to learn which species it belonged to.

Mr Jordan said: “We are hoping to learn how the animal died but we might not be able to tell that from one bone.

“Bones normally spread out but, because of the size and bulk of the animal, the bones would have stayed close together so there is a high chance that we will be able to find the rest of the skeleton.

“We are jumping for the phone each time it rings just in case another bone has been found.

“We would be happy to show it to anyone who wishes to see it first-hand.”

The museum is based in High Street, March.

 

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