November 5, 2008

Remains Of Ancient Rhino Discovered In England

The remnants of an Ice Age rhinoceros have been discovered by a five-year-old girl at a Gloucestershire, England water park.

Emelia Fawbert found the fossilized remains at the Cotswold Water Park during a fossil hunt with her father.

Emelia and her father James, 33, unearthed the atlas vertebra of the rhinoceros that frequented that area of the UK 50,000 years earlier.

Emelia was an honorary member of fossil seekers looking through a newly-exhumed gravel pit at the park on the 26th of October.

The atlas vertebra, which at one time propped up the head of the rhino, was poking up in the clay uncovered by previous digs.

The father and daughter used a trowel to remove the bone from the clay. It has now been placed in a protective covering and was bestowed to a museum.

The excavation, involving 75 people, also found the leg bone and vertebra from an Ice Age deer-like creature and a few belemnites, the remnants of a squid-like creature from the Jurassic period, about 150 million years ago.

Emelia, who aspires to become a paleontologist, joined the fossil hunt for the first time in her life.

The group was put together by the Cotswold Water Park Society and headed up by paleontologist Dr Neville Hollingworth, who also discovered woolly rhinoceros fossils in a gravel pit near in 2004.