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The beast on the beach: Fossil hunters find shin bone of 2m-year-old mammoth… in Norfolk


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The tibia – the larger and stronger of the two bones in the lower leg of vertebrates – was unearthed last week. The huge leg bone, thought to be a tibia, was found buried in sand at West Runton, Norfolk. Image Credit: Russel Yeomans/SWNS.com

“Over the years, amateur fossil hunters Dan Chamberlain and Russell Yeomans have found a variety of fascinating items.

But none has been as big – literally – as the 4ft specimen they found last week.

The huge leg bone, thought to be a tibia, was found buried in sand at West Runton, Norfolk.

It belongs to a mammoth that lived up to two million years ago. ‘I’ve found fossils all along the coast but this is the best find I’ve had to date,’ said Mr Chamberlain, of Long Stratton.

‘I just spotted a piece of fossil antler and I looked for more of the same and then came across another couple of pieces of bone a few feet away, barely visible in the sand, and then a couple of feet away from that I spotted the end of a bone.

‘People have probably been walking over this for the past few days. I was just lucky enough to recognise it because it was the same colour as the rest of the crag around it.’

The tibia – the larger and stronger of the two bones in the lower leg of vertebrates – was unearthed on Friday.

The West Runton Freshwater Bed was also the spot where one of the most complete skeletons of a mammoth ever discovered in Europe was found in 1990.” (…) READ MORE

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)