Sand-covered lump on Norfolk beach is molar of extinct woolly mammoth

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A man who picked up a sand-covered lump lying on a Norfolk beach was stunned when he discovered it was the molar of a woolly mammoth.

Brad Damms found it on the beach at Sidestrand, near Cromer, and experts have confirmed it was the tooth of a huge southern woolly mammoth.

It’s not clear if the mammoth had rotten teeth and one fell out, or he just died and it’s all that remains of his skeleton.

Mammoths, looking like elephants and up to 11ft tall and weighing nearly tens tons, with enormous tusks, roamed the Earth in the dinosaur age before dying out.

The sand-covered lump was found lying on a Norfolk beach

The beach where the tooth was found

 

Brad, of Holt, Norfolk, said: “It was lying on top of the sand.

“I knew what it was as I am a member of various fossil Facebook pages but the experts on the groups confirmed it as part of a southern mammoth tooth.

“The tide washes in bits of fossilised bone and tooth daily, so it’s exciting wondering what can be found.”

A close up of the tooth – thought to be a molar

An artist’s impression of what the woolly mammoth looked like

 

Southern mammoths lived between 2.5 million and 700,000 years ago in the late Pliocene and early Pleistocene eras.

Brad said: “I’ve also found a lot of fossilised bones too on Sidestrand but I know they can be found up the coast to West Runton.”

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