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‘Mammoth’s penis’ found on north Norfolk coast

The phallus-shaped fossil was found on the same stretch of coastline where the skeleton of a mammoth was discovered 27 years ago. Picture: ROBERT MEE/NMSA/SIMON BAMBER

The phallus-shaped fossil was found on the same stretch of coastline where the skeleton of a mammoth was discovered 27 years ago. Picture: ROBERT MEE/NMSA/SIMON BAMBER

ROBERT MEE/NMSA/SIMON BAMBER

An amateur metal detector got the internet talking with his unusual find.

The phallus-shaped fossil was found on the same stretch of coastline where the skeleton of a mammoth was discovered 27 years ago. Picture: ROBERT MEE/NORFOLK FOSSIL FINDS/FACEBOOKThe phallus-shaped fossil was found on the same stretch of coastline where the skeleton of a mammoth was discovered 27 years ago. Picture: ROBERT MEE/NORFOLK FOSSIL FINDS/FACEBOOK

An amateur metal detector got the internet talking with an unusual find in north Norfolk.

Robert Mee unearthed a phallus-shaped fossil on the same stretch of coastline where the skeleton of a mammoth was discovered 27 years ago - prompting claims it is a mammoth penis.

He made the discovery following a visit to Hunstanton - just 30 miles from where the West Runton mammoth, which last walked on the Norfolk coast more than 700,000 years ago and is often referred to as an elephant, was found.

Mr Mee shared a snap of his find on a social media page for fossil hunters in Norfolk and appealed for help to identify it.

An illustration of the West Runton elephant. NORFOLK MUSEUMS SERVICEAn illustration of the West Runton elephant. NORFOLK MUSEUMS SERVICE

Commenting on the post, Aylmerton Field Study Centre trainee instructor Niall Thorogood, who found a baby mammoth tooth on West Runton Beach in April, said: “Odd shape.”

Richard Rockett said: “It looks like a fossilised phallus.”

Alison Cramp added: “Elephant penis?”

Some experts have dismissed it as a trace fossil, such as faeces left behind by animals, rather than the preserved remains of the body of the actual animal itself.

Robert Mee unveiled the unusual discovery following a visit to Hunstanton beach. Picture: SIMON BAMBERRobert Mee unveiled the unusual discovery following a visit to Hunstanton beach. Picture: SIMON BAMBER

Over the past 27 years north Norfolk’s eroding coastline has yielded up scores of prehistoric treasures including the oldest human footprints found outside Africa, and the most complete skeleton of a mammoth anywhere in the world.

Work has begun on branding a stretch from West Runton to Happisburgh as the Deep History Coast, reflecting its global importance in the story of life on earth.

16 comments

  • if we put this with someone from norwich fc we would have richard balls.

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    Son Na

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • it could stand for Norwich City Council in May as a Labour candidate and join all the others on the council.

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    francophile

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • Fossilised? Nah! it's just rock hard.

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    Gareth Lewis

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • Perhaps this is what drove mammoths to extinction?

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    peter waller

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • I thought this was an article about Farage until I noticed 's.

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • Shows that the correct us of the apostrophe in the right place has meaning. Good work Ally - EDP

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    Patrik

    Monday, January 2, 2017

  • Difficult to tell but looks like it has a right hand thread for a tight screw

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    irongloves

    Monday, January 2, 2017

  • Oh Stoneman you’ve taken the quip right out of my keyboard…but your version is better than the one that went through my mind.

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    weaversway

    Monday, January 2, 2017

  • Found on the Norfolk coast when we know the biggest ones are at county hall !

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    stoneman

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • Hope it comes with in EU regulation, least it was found by a non immigrant. Heaven help us if a foreignerfound it

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    Brianless

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • Not heard from the famous 'arfur' for a while. Perhaps it's him?

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    backwoodsman

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • Sorry did I misread the headline " Mammoth penis found" ? 6 cm is mammoth ???

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    Responsible parent

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • Sorry did I misread the headline " Mammoth penis found" ? I have to say it looks very stiff. At 6cm most of us have little to worry about then.

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    Responsible parent

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • it's not about the size, it's about what you do with it. or that's what they tell me.

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    ted

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • I always thought 3cm was quite small, after seeing the size of the mammoth one I don't feel so embarrassed now.

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    Son Na

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • Well, if just over 5cm is classed as a Mammoth penis, then mine is humongous!

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    Gareth Lewis

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

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