A prehistoric skull belonging to an extinct giant buffalo believed to date back 150,000 years has been uncovered in a quarry.

The rare ancient remains were found during a routine visit to the site by a fossil hunter who has been studying it for more than a decade.

Hundreds of buffalo bones have been discovered at the Cambridgeshire quarry by the amateur palaeontologist’s team, but never a complete skull.

The specimen belongs to an adult male bison priscus, which stood at 6.5 feet (2m) tall and weighed 2,000 pounds (907kg).  

Jamie Jordan, who also owns Fossils Galore museum, in March, Cambridgeshire, is behind the find.

‘As we were going through the quarry we saw some splintered pieces of bone on top of the surface, and I thought to myself, that’s a bit strange,’ he said. 

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

Mr Jordan’s team were working at the quarry, the exact site of which has not been released to the public, when they saw some splintered pieces of bone on top of the surface.

‘I had a closer look and it turned out to be a horn cone from a buffalo and removed the loose horn core and there was still a large bone underneath,’ he added.

They excavated further to see where it was leading and that’s where they came across the rest of the skull of the ice-age buffalo. 

‘Even though we can see it’s been crushed, it’s complete with the jaws and everything – we’ve found them before, but not both halves together,’ Mr Jordan said.

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