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The skull of a woolly rhinoceros, Coelodonta antiquitatis, from Coningbrook, Kent.


A study of the mammal fauna of a late Pleistocene (Devensian) site in Kent, UK


Host country: United Kingdom


Project objective: To obtain a representation of the large and small mammals from a late Pleistocene (Devensian) site at Coningbrook, Kent, UK. The specimens of 16 species originated some 35,000 years before present (y.b.p.) and included a shrew (Sorex kennardi), rodents (lemmings and voles, Dicrostonyx torquatus, Lemmus lemmus, Arvicola terrestris, Mictrotus oeconomus, Mictrotus gregalis), herbivores (mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius; woolly rhinoceros, Coelodonta antiquitatus; horse, Equus ferus, reindeer, Rangifer tarandus; Irish elk, Megaceros giganteus; red deer, Cervus elaphus) and carnivores (lion, Panthera leo; hyaena, Crocuta crocuta; and red fox, Vulpes vulpes).


Harrison Institute contact: Dr David Harrison – hzm@btinternet.com


Principal Funder: Harrison Institute


Project dates: September, 1982 to November, 1987


Publication from the project:

Harrison, D. L., 1996. Systematic status of Kennard’s Shrew (Sorex kennardi Hinton, 1911, Insectivora: Soricidae: a study based on British and Polish material. Acta zoologica cracoviensia, 39(1): 201-212.