Budding Paleontologist Discovers Ice-Age Fossil

By Meera Dolasia on November 6, 2008

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Five-year old Emelia Fawbert and her dad James, were out on a group fossil hunting trip at a newly excavated site in Gloucestershire, England, when she noticed something stuck in the mud. Using a trowel, she and her dad gently excavated an almost perfect fossil.

While it looked interesting and special, neither knew how significant the find was until they took it to the experts. It turned out that five-year old Emelia had unearthed the Atlas vertebra (the bone supporting the neck) of a Woolly Ice-Age Rhinoceros.

The 16-inch fossil has been carefully wrapped up in protective covering, and will soon be donated to a museum.

The Woolly Rhino, which were native to Europe and Asia, lived on Earth between 20,000 - 50,000 years ago. They were herbivores, who like their modern day relatives, lived alone or in really small family groups. They had long gray-brown shaggy hair and two horns both made out of matted hair.

The descriptions of what this creature looked like have been gleaned from cave paintings made by early humans, who hunted them for food. It is believed that the rhinos were unable to cope with the climate change and became extinct about 20,000 years ago, towards the end of the Ice Age. There are currently five descendents of the Woolly Rhino left in the world. The closest one is a rhino species that lives on the island of Sumatra .

Emelia, who wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up, was very excited with her find, especially because this was her first ever-fossil hunting trip. Other interesting items found by members of the group included a leg bone and vertebra of an ice-age deer, and the remains of squid-like creatures from 150 million years ago.

source: BBC.Co.Uk, Dailymail.co.uk

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  • ajg15
    ajg15Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    Wow cool a 5 year old found a fossils!!!!!!☺☺☺
    • Conred Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6:38 am
      That's super cool I really would like to go on a trip like that and do something that amazing
      • HI Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 1:57 pm
        SO COOL
        • addisonaddie
          addisonaddieSunday, January 8, 2017 at 4:50 pm
          Om9 a Five year old find a cool fossil!
          • cool guyFriday, August 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm
            wow a five year old find a cool fossil
            • pinkiep
              pinkiepMonday, February 22, 2016 at 7:32 am
              so cute
              • BobbyTuesday, December 15, 2015 at 2:03 pm
                I like the dinosaur cow
                • guineagirl
                  guineagirlThursday, November 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm
                  WOW I CANT BE LEAVE IT I AM 9 AND ALL I CAN FIND IS A SHARK TOOTH IN A LAKE
                  • iloveunicorns
                    iloveunicornsMonday, January 9, 2017 at 8:19 pm
                    XD thats already good enough guineagirl
                  • Wolflover Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 11:27 am
                    Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • sushigirl
                      sushigirlWednesday, September 30, 2015 at 4:11 pm
                      I never knew a little girl could find something like that, that is so cool,she is so cute by the way

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