Fossils from Happisburgh
Preserved in waterlogged clay, silt and gravel, a stunning array of plants, mammals and insects makes the fossil beds at Happisburgh among the most impressive from any Early Palaeolithic site in the world. The richness of the finds brings the environment of this place, at this time, to life.
Mammoth tooth. One of the most complete elephant teeth yet found at the site, this was unearthed from a gravel layer. With large grinding-teeth designed for feeding on shrubs and trees, the ancestral mammoth (Mammuthus cf. meridionalis) was one of the large herbivores sustained by the rich vegetation growing along the banks of the early river Thames. Fully grown, the ancestral mammoth would have towered over its closest living relative, the Asian elephant.