5" Oreodont Skull

5" Oreodont Skull

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Quick Overview

Not the largest skull we've offered, yet one of the more nicely detailed. The rocky matrix has been completely removed from the specimen, including inside between the animal's skull and lower jaw. This younger Oreodont has all of its original teeth and is very complete, with minimal repair. The specimen is nicely set on top of a custom stand which displays the piece perfectly.

Measurements: ~ 5" Long x 3" Wide x 5" Tall (On its stand)
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. Oreodants 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.