“Hippo” Leeds Museum’s Dental Detectives Find Huge Hippo’s Missing Tooth

The remains of a colossal hippo skull are to go on display in Leeds after experts turned detective to find one of its teeth lost in the archives.

The hippo skull first became part of the Leeds City Museum collection after it was transferred from Salford Museum and Art Gallery in 1982.

But while preparing it for its latest display, museum staff carried out a lengthy search for its massive incisor.

Clare Brown, from the museum, said the task was like “a very complex jigsaw“.

Ms Brown, Leeds Museums and Galleries curator of natural sciences, said it took a lengthy search through a collection of possible candidates for the dental detectives to correctly pinpoint the correct tooth and carefully put it back into place.

She said: “Fragments can often get mixed up over time when they’re part of such a vast collection.

“It’s always incredibly satisfying when we’re able to find precisely the right pieces that will make a specimen complete and properly representative of the incredible animal it once was.”

The hippo skull will join a prehistoric line-up at Leeds City Museum alongside what has become known as the “Armley Hippo“.

The remains of the Armley Hippo were discovered in 1851 by workmen digging clay near what is now the Armley Gyratory.

Quickly realising they did not belong to any human or animal alive at the time,

they took them to Henry Denny, curator of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society Museum, who proclaimed them to be bones of the Great Northern Hippopotamus.

Mr Denny visited the site of the find many times to collect bone specimens, including some huge thigh bones and some teeth.

After being dated using one of its teeth, the hippo was estimated to be from 130,000 to 117,000 years ago.

The rare skeleton is one of the museum’s most famous exhibits.

Both the Armley Hippo and hippo skull will be on display at Leeds City Museum’s Life on Earth Gallery when it reopens in the summer following a refurbishment.

Related Posts

Incredible Find: 18th-Century Spanish Shipwreck Yields Treasure Trove of Coins and Gems Worth $17 Million.

The Colombian army released images of one of the world’s most valuable shipwrecks, the location of which was unknown for nearly three centuries. Spain’s San Jose galleon was loaded with…

Stunning Discovery: Archaeology Intern Unearths Ancient Roman Dagger Dating Back 2,000 Years, Revealing Astonishing Restoration Results.

When it was found, some people thought it looked like a “chicken tender”. They probably changed their mind soon. The dagger, or ‘chicken tender’, as it was originally…

Incredible Discovery: Ancient Egyptian City Reveals Perennial Wicker Fruit Basket Slice Knitting with Thorn Techniques Preserved for 2,400 Years Underwater

Researchers investigating the submerged metropolis of Thônis-Heracleion, in the Egyptian bay of Abū Qīr, have discovered wicker fruit baskets dated to the fourth century B.C.E. Incredibly, the vessels…

This Remarkable Viking Age Find: The Only Intact Wagon Unearthed, Sheds Light on Its Mysterious Purpose.

The exceptionally well-preserved wagon was found in a burial mound in Oseberg near the Oslo Fjord in Norway. The Oseberg cart, the only complete Viking wagon ever found….

The Enchanting Mystery of the Golden Kitchen: Uncovering a Mystical Gold Mine Underneath the Floorboards, Stirs the Curiosity of Historians and Treasure Hunters Alike!

Homeowners in the United Kingdom discovered a treasure trove of gold coins hidden beneath the wooden floorboards of their kitchen during a renovation. This gold vault, estimated to…

Jaw-Dropping Discovery: Massive Impact from Ancient Meteorite Created Earth’s Largest and Most Impressive Crater

Αгoυпd 2.2 Ьіɩɩіoп уeагѕ аɡo, а mаѕѕіⱱe ѕрасe гoсk сoɩɩіded аɡаіпѕt oυг рɩапet, ɩeаⱱіпɡ а mаѕѕіⱱe ѕсаг. Αɩtһoυɡһ tһe іmрасt ѕіte іѕ tһe oɩdeѕt foυпd to dаte, fіпdіпɡ…

Leave a Reply