The auroch skull discovered at the Trust’s Wymeswold Meadows Nature Reserve - and recently donated by the Trust to the Charnwood Museum, Loughborough - is now on display there.
Thousands of years ago Wymeswold Meadows would have looked very different to the peaceful place it is today. Aurochs roamed the landscape. Now extinct the gigantic cattle stood six feet tall at the shoulder.
Two schoolboys looking for fossils discovered the skull in the banks of the river Mantle. Members of the Trust can read the full story, by Conservation Officer Chris Hill, in the latest edition of their free magazine Wildlife News.
The skull will be on display for the foreseeable future.
Photograph: Helen Sharp,Archeology Manager at Leicestershire County Council with the skull (Chris Hill/LRWT).
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