Hippopotamus

Description
Jaw fragment of a hippopotamus from the Pleistocene epoch (130,000-114,000 years ago). This fossil was discovered during the 1968 construction of the Honiton Bypass and was donated to RAMM by the Ministry of Transport. In the Pleistocene, the land where Honiton is today was marshy and straight-tusked elephant and hippo lived in the area. The remains found when the bypass was made are mainly of young or old animals (17 were hippos) and it is thought that these weaker individuals became stuck in the marsh and died.
Accession Loan No.
302/1968/14
Collection Class
Fossils
Common Name
hippopotamus
Simple Name
fossil: mammal
Full Name
HIPPOPOTAMIDAE: Hippopotamus amphibius Linnaeus: hippopotamus
Geology Period
Pleistocene 1.8 – 10,000
Family Group

Collection Town
Honiton
Collection County
Devon
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Phylum
CHORDATA: VERTEBRATA
Family
HIPPOPOTAMIDAE
Genus
Hippopotamus
Species
amphibius

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