Pooch sniffs out prehistoric prize: Dog discovers 250,000-year-old woolly rhino bone
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A beagle in the U.K. has sniffed out a leg bone from a woolly rhino that died 250,000 years ago.
Four-year-old Crystal has been trained tosniff out fossilsand the remains of prehistoric creatures by her paleontologist owner Jamie Jordan, SWNS is reporting.
“Beagles are well known for their sense of smell, and if they can be trained to sniff out drugs, weapons and bombs. why not try fossils?” he said.
Jordan, who runs museum and educational centerFossils Galorein March, Cambridgeshire, trained Crystal by having her sniff out bones from the Ice Age. “They have a very organic, very pungent and clay-like smell,” he said.
Anning’s remarkable life is depicted in the upcoming movie “Ammonite,” which stars Kate Winslet as the fossil hunter.
Woolly rhinos first appeared about 350,000 years ago and existed until about 10,000 years ago, according to theInternational Rhino Foundation. “Their fossils are fairly common and have been discovered throughout Europe and Asia,” it explains, on its website. “Well-preserved remains have been discovered frozen in ice and buried in oil-saturated soils.”
Crystal’s owner was inspired by pioneering Victorian paleontologist Mary Anning. (SWNS)
Other stunning prehistoric finds have been made in unlikely circumstances. In 2017, for example, a 10-year-old-boy literallystumbled upona million-year-old Stegomastodon skull while hiking with his family in New Mexico.