10" Long Oreodont Skull "Merycoidodon"

10" Long Oreodont Skull "Merycoidodon"

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Quick Overview

All the matrix meticulously removed from this specimen's mouth, gives this Oreodont skull a more formidable appearance than what the temperament of the creature actually was.
The teeth are original to the specimen. It appears there's been no restoration to the piece. Normally the zygomatic arches are reconstructed. But, that appears not to be the case in this instance.Repair is minimal and the specimen appears to have taken on interesting iron per-mineralization throughout its fissure lines. The piece comes with a simple wooden display stand. Or it will stand by itself. A gem

Measurements: ~ 10" Long x 4-1/2" Wide x 6-1/2" Tall
Location: South Dakota, U.S.A.
Time Period: Oligocene Epoch ~30 MYO

More Information:

Oreodonts were a family of cud-chewing plant-eater with a short face and tusk-like canine teeth. Some of the better known forms were generally hog-like, and the group was once thought to be related to pigs, peccaries and their ancestors, but recent work indicates they were more closely related to camels. Most Oreodonts were sheep-sized, though some genera grew to the size of cattle. Oreodonts have a unique place in the evolution of ruminant teeth and with peccary-like attributes.They were heavy bodied, with short four-toed hooves. Unlike any modern ruminant, they had long tails. Oreodonts first appeared some 50 million years ago during the warm Eocene and were widely prevalent during the Oligocene in the grasslands, prairies or savannas of what is now the North American badlands. Oreodonts were widespread in North America during the Oligocene and Miocene, but they mysteriously disappeared approximately 4 million years ago.