Although 10,000 years old, it is one of the younger fossils in the geology collection at the University of Bristol's department of earth sciences. The cat is accompanied by the skeleton of a green iguana, prepared at the department of anatomy. Although they can grow up to 1.5m long, such specimens have proved very useful in the training of veterinarians, who now often have to treat pet lizards.
Both of these items formed part of the virtual Cabinet of Curiosities the university assembled for its centenary in 2009, which included everything from ammonites, masks and handbills to Sir Laurence Olivier's white gloves.
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