A MAN who found a woolly mammoth’s jawbone in Goring as a child has been reunited with his discovery
A MAN who found a woolly mammoth’s jawbone in Goring as a child has been reunited with his discovery.
Richard Morgan was swimming in the River Thames with friends in the summer of 1983 when he trod on a strange-shaped object on the river bed.
Peering through the murky water, he and his pals dug away the mud and dragged the 2ft object on to the bank. It was later identified as belonging to a young mammoth that had lived more than 30,000 years ago.
The young Richard donated it to Oxfordshire County Council’s Museum Service.
He didn’t see it again until earlier this month, when he visited the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock with his family while on holiday from their home in the Czech Republic.
He said: “I decided it was time to meet up with the mammoth again and share some of the excitement of my discovery with my own children.”
After arriving in the UK, he called the to check the mandible was still on display and then went to visit.
Mr Morgan said: “I think my children thought I was telling them a fisherman’s tale, so it was great to be able to show them the real thing with its huge teeth.
“It was caked in river mud the last time I saw it, so it was really nice to see it all cleaned up and on display.”
Curator Carol Anderson said: “I can imagine how excited Richard must have been by his incredible discovery. We are delighted that he donated it as it is a particular attraction for the families who visit.
“It’s amazing to think that creatures like this were walking round what is now Oxfordshire more than 30,000 years ago.”