Super sniffing beagle discovers bone from 250,000-year-old woolly rhino
Crystal has worked with her Palaeontologist owner Jamie Jordan, from Peterborough, to find the remains of the oldest creatures on the planet.
A super sniffing beagle has discovered a bone from a woolly rhino, that died over 250,000 years ago.
Four-year-old dog Crystal has worked with her Palaeontologist owner Jamie Jordan, 29, to find fossils and remains of the oldest creatures on the planet.
Jamie said: “We got Crystal originally as a companion, we chose a beagle because I’ve always wanted a hound.”
He was then inspired by his fossil hunting hero Mary Anning who would take her dog Tray on trips to the Jurassic coast in the Victorian era.
Jamie, who runs museum and educational activity centre Fossils Galore, said: “Beagles are well known for their sense of smell, and if they can be trained to sniff out drugs, weapons and bombs, why not try fossils?”
To train Crystal he started off with making her smell out bones from the Ice Age.
“They have a very organic, very pungent and clay like smell,” Jamie said.
In 2016, Crystal made the find of a lifetime when she dug up a huge leg bone of a woolly rhino that is believed to have died 250,000 years ago, called Stompy.
Every time Crystal comes back with a prehistoric prize, Jamie gives her a treat, making the entire search more like a game.When out on a dig, Jamie from March, Peterborough, will let Crystal sniff a piece of bone to pick up a scent and she’ll hunt out as many fossils as she can.
Her owner said: “If they’re on the surface she’ll sniff it out and howl to alert us, but if the bone is underground Crystal will just dig down.”
Although some people say that Crystal can’t actually smell out the bones and is actually just picking the scent of her owners, Jamie has said they’re wrong: “We’ve proved that she can, we do it with gloves on and she still finds them.”