Palaeontologist comes face to face with extinct giant buffalo which used to roam the Fens

Palaeontologist Jamie Jordan, 29 with the skull
Palaeontologist Jamie Jordan, 29 with the skull

A palaeontologist has made a remarkable find in a quarry near Peterborough - the skull of a giant buffalo which used to roam the Fens thousands of years ago.

The stunning discovery was made by palaeontologist Jamie Jordan, 29, during a routine visit to a the quarry, which he has been studying for decades.

Palaeontologist Jamie Jordan, 29, working at the quarry

Palaeontologist Jamie Jordan, 29, working at the quarry

Jamie has previously found hundreds of buffalo bones at the site but has never uncovered a complete skull, making his latest find a unique discovery.

The hunter said: “I have been studying the site for years and I have found hundreds of buffalo skulls before but never anything like this - it is very unusual.

“I have mainly come across maybe one half of a skull at a time so it is very unusual to find everything together.”

The hunter said the skull belonged to an adult male bison priscus, a giant prehistoric buffalo which stood at two metres tall and weighed 2,000 pounds in weight.

The skull

The skull

Jamie and his team first discovered some splintered pieces of bone at the site, which cannot be named due to safety reasons, before they uncovered the entire fossil.

The skull is currently in several pieces but Jamie said once the skull has been cleaned and dried it will fit together again perfectly.

He added: “We have got all the pieces of the skull.

“The skull is wider than my chest and will weigh around 30kg-35kg when it is complete.”

Palaeontologist Jamie Jordan, 29, owner of Fossils Galore museum in March, Cambs., uncovering the extremely rare prehistoric skull which belonged to an extinct giant buffalo dating back 150,000 years ago. See SWNS copy SWCAfossil: An extremely rare prehistoric skull belonging to an extinct giant buffalo dating back 150,000 years has been found by hunters. The stunning discovery was made by palaeontologist Jamie Jordan, 29, during a routine visit to a Cambridgeshire quarry, which he has been studying for decades. Jamie, from March, Cambs., has previously found hundreds of buffalo bones at the site but has never uncovered a complete skull, making his latest find a unique discovery.

Palaeontologist Jamie Jordan, 29, owner of Fossils Galore museum in March, Cambs., uncovering the extremely rare prehistoric skull which belonged to an extinct giant buffalo dating back 150,000 years ago. See SWNS copy SWCAfossil: An extremely rare prehistoric skull belonging to an extinct giant buffalo dating back 150,000 years has been found by hunters. The stunning discovery was made by palaeontologist Jamie Jordan, 29, during a routine visit to a Cambridgeshire quarry, which he has been studying for decades. Jamie, from March, Cambs., has previously found hundreds of buffalo bones at the site but has never uncovered a complete skull, making his latest find a unique discovery.

Jamie, who also owns Fossils Galore museum, in March, believes he has previously found fossils belonging to the same skeleton and plans to excavate them further.

The palaeontologist was also part of the team which discovered a rare 132-million-year-old Iguanodon skeleton in a Surrey brick quarry in 2017.

The skull will take around two months to preserve and members of the public can watch the team working on the rare fossil at Fossils Galore museum.

Once the skull is complete, it will go on public display at Jamie’s museum, along with many of his other extraordinary finds.