European badger

Description
This jaw fragment of a European badger was found in Smerdon’s Passage at Kents Cavern. It has two teeth in-situ, allowing reliable investigations of its diet to be conducted. Badgers are well adapted to their way of life having sharp, elongated claws on the end of short, powerful limbs allowing them to dig setts easily, although this badger was probably using the cave system as a ready-made sett. Contrary to the stereotypical solitary (and grumpy) badger popularised by Kenneth Grahame’s classic ‘Wind in the Willows’, the European badger is a highly social creature, forming groups of 6 up to a staggering 23 adults living together in a sett.
Accession Loan No.
31/2006/700
Simple Name
fossil: mammal
Full Name
MUSTELIDAE: Meles meles (Linnaeus): European badger
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Geology Period
Pleistocene 1.8 – 10,000
Common Name
European badger
Family
MUSTELIDAE
Genus
Meles
Species
meles
Phylum
CHORDATA
Collection Class
Fossils
Collection Contintent
Europe
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Town
Torquay
Collection County
Devon
Family Group

Dimensions
whole length 85 mm; whole W 40 mm; whole H 30 mm
Created At
2016-10-13 15:46:56
Updated At
2020-01-28 11:44:10

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