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Fossil enthusiast reveals wolf jaw and mammoth tooth found at Huttoft beach

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: March 04, 2013

  • OLD IN THE TOOTH: A young Mammoth tooth.

  • CENTURIES OLD: The wolf jaw was just one of many finds of Howard?s at Mogg?s Eye thought to be around 20,000 years old.

  • BIGGEST FIND: Howard?s biggest find yet is part of the large Ichthyosaur skull that he found near Whitby.

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A FOSSIL enthusiast has shown some of the unusual and rare items found at Huttoft beach.

Howard Turner, 57, of Alford, has recently unveiled a mammoth's tooth and wolf's jaw thought to be as old 20,000 years.

Howard said: "I have been into paleontology for around five years and have found many items in the Moggs Eye area.

"Both the wolf jaw and the partial young mammoth tooth are from the same era and I think they have probably been dumped on the beach at Moggs Eye by the ship that deposits fresh sand on the beach to combat costal erosion.

"This sand is collected from a sandbank in the North Sea that was dry land at the time the wolf and mammoth lived.

"I think they were found together at Moggs Eye because they arrived in the same shipment of sand.

"Is it a coincidence that both predator scavenger and prey were found together or did they die together all those years ago only to resurface on a local beach to tell their story?"

Originally from Manchester, Howard spends a lot of his time searching the Yorkshire coast as well and has found his biggest find yet – an Ichthyosaur vertebrae.

The Ichthyosaur vertebrae is part of a Jurassic sea creature that would have been around the length of a bus and lived around 180million years ago.

Howard said: "It has taken me around two years to prepare the vertebrae to be sent to Manchester Museum where my name will be immortalised against the find.

"With the museum's help I am hoping to find the jaw of the animal which I think people will find really interesting."

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