The University of Sheffield
Department of Geography

Ancient Tooth found on Masters Fieldclass

Students visiting the east Yorkshire coast on the Environmental Analysis of Terrestrial Systems Masters fieldclass this week have made a surprise discovery.

Embedded in the sediments they were studying they found bone and a large tooth. Initial identification of the tooth by Dr Mark Bateman suggested this could belong to a elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) and further research now confirms the find.

The bones are found in a cliff fall above a beach unit so it is possible the animal was walking along the beach and died as a result of the cliff collapse. The beach deposit dates to 120,000 years ago.

For further information contact Dr Bateman.

Palaeoloxodon antiquus tooth