Horse fossils from Russia (Siberia) are common but European Pleistocene deposits provide few horse fossils for the market. Where most of the specimens we have offered are brown or reddish orange in color, we have yet to see one of this hue in its blue and cream tones. It must have been entombed in a pocket of clay within the gravel prior to retrieval. It is the most beautiful example we have seen. This specimen IS PREHISTORIC IN ORIGIN and was collected by a river dredge removing deep gravel deposits also producing fossils of Woolly Rhinoceros, Woolly Mammoth, Cave Lion and other extinct Ice Age beasts. The entire piece has been chemically stabilized to protect its condition but is in its original form as retrieved from deep in a Pleistocene river gravel deposit. Bone and teeth are in superb condition and rich in color. An excellent specimen to aid in reconstructing an entire skull or display as is.
The horse played a very important part in the lives of prehistoric humans in both, Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons and most probably, Homo erectus. Prehistoric carvings and cave paintings in Europe show the horse well-represented with other Ice Age beasts such as the Woolly Mammoth, Woolly Rhinoceros, Aurochs, Bison and Cave Lion. It is highly likely that prehistoric humans not only marveled at the beauty of the horse as they watched them roam free across the European continent, but relied on their hide and meat to survive. To this day, horse meat is a delicacy in the same regions in Europe where they were formerly hunted by prehistoric humans.
This would make a phenomenal display piece laying alongside primitive hunting weapons of prehistoric man! A great compliment to a primitive man stone tool and weapon collection as these magnificent and seemingly magical animals lived in the same environments as prehistoric humans, played a vital role for resources in human survival during the last Ice Age and were hunted / revered by both Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon man.