Rarely do we offer a specimen from our museum. However, from our private collect, we are proud to offer this rarely seen Dinictus mortality plate, with its skull, canine teeth and other other skeletal remains in excellent preservation.
Minimal repair has been performed on this piece, originally aquired in the late 70's, then re-aquired for our museum. Its original canine and other teeth are suburb, with no breakage whatsoever.
Some of the other skeletal remains were excavated, cleaned, then re-set in order to enhance the aesthtic of it's articulation, while the other reamains have been left in place and
Overall Measurements: ~20" long x 12" wide x 6" tall
Canine Teeth Measurements: ~ 2" Long
Location: White River Badlands, South Dakota
Time Period: Miocene ~25 MYO
Dinictis, stood around 2 feet in height and was around 3 feet in length. It had a long sleek body, short legs and had incompletely retractable claws. It had powerful jaws, and a long tail. It was very similar to its close relative, Hopophoneus. Compared with those of the more recent machairodonts, its upper canines were relatively small but deadly nevertheless, as they distinctly protruded from its mouth. Dinictis walked flat-footed, unlike modern cats. It looked like and lived its life similarly to that of a leopard. In its environment Dinintis would have been a powerful predator.