8" Long Oreodont Skull

8" Long Oreodont Skull

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This may be the nicest Oreodont specimen we've offered. The condition is excellent. Every bit of rocky matrix has been removed from the specimen, except inside the right eye socket. The usual repairs were made to the zygomatic arches, but this is typical. With the matrix removed from the mouth, the specimen displays a much different look than those where the matrix has been left in place. A gem of a piece, particularly for those who collect material from this time period. The specimen comes with a custom made support stand.

Measurements: ~ 8" Long x 4" Wide x 8-1/2" 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. 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.