Holocene Era Wild Boar Jaw with Teeth
Superb condition and an excellent display or reference specimen for study and comparison to older remains as the Pleistocene wild boar were identical in morphology to this specimen. Length is 201mm.
Boar belong to the Suidae Family and are artiodactyls, even-toed ungulates. These mammals usually have either two or four weight-bearing toes with hooves. The "cloven hoof" appearance is characteristic of pigs, deer and cattle. Pigs evolved in the Oligocene Period, most likely in Asia and first appeared in Europe during the Miocene Period. They are omnivores and in prehistoric times, have lived in a wide variety of habitats including tropical rainforests and dense woodlands.
The wild boar is a large and extremely ferocious beast that still survives today in the species Sus scrofa. They have a saying in the Balkans that "you take a hunter with you when you want to kill a deer but you take a priest when you want to kill a boar". Wild boars are fearless creatures that have been known to attack and many times, kill humans.
Only the male boars develop long canines in its lower jaw. They prefer leafy forests and usually live in lairs hollowed out of the ground or thicket. They are predominantly nocturnal and are most active from sundown until just before sunrise. Small groups stick together with a dominant male reigning over a very large area of the forest. Modern day wild boars usually live in the wild for 8-10 years.
Order # Boar01 Price £88
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