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Skull of giant prehistoric buffalo discovered in quarry

The skull of a giant prehistoric buffalo has been found in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A rare prehistoric buffalo skull has been discovered during a routine visit to a Cambridgeshire quarry.

The bones found by a local fossil hunter are a particularly precious find as it belongs to a species which is now extinct.

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The buffalo skull found in March in Cambridgeshire has not seen the light of day since the ice age.

Buried for 150,000 years, the bones were discovered in a quarry by local palaeontologist Jamie Jordan.

Jamie Jordan, Palaeontologist, said: “Usually you just come across the half of a skull here and there, maybe the odd horn core as well, but this time we came across the whole skull."

Palaeontologist Jamie Jordan found the skull in a quarry. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The skull belongs to an adult male bison priscus, a giant prehistoric buffalo.

It would have stood at two metres tall and weighed 2,000 pounds.

Jamie believes he has previously found fossils belonging to the same skeleton.

He hopes to put all the pieces of the skull together, preserve it, and put it on display at his museum in Cambridgeshire so members of the public can enjoy the rare find.

The skull belongs to an adult male bison priscus. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Fossilised bones. Credit: ITV News Anglia