Mounted nicely on a piece of slate is this Oreodont Lepiauchenia Skull specimen with minimal repair / repositioning in the animals maxillary premolar area. The specimen's permineralization has taken on red hues from iron in the area. However, it's also hypothesized the animals blood leached into the its surrounding matrix. Then the iron inside that blood was reabsorbed back into the specimen, combined with iron that is naturally in the surrounding matrix, adding to its coloration.
Repair is nominal, limited to the specimens right rear jaw section and upper snout, where it's thought the animal may have been dragged out of its burrow by a desert cat. A drawing can be supplied by the specimen's discoverer / preparer.
A very nicely presented piece at a reasonable price point.
Measurements with base: ~ 7" long x 6-1/2" wide x 5-1/4 tall
Measurements (skull): 4" long x 3" wide x 3" tall
Location: Brule Formation, White River Badlands, South Dakota, USA
Time period: Oligocene, ~ 20 m.y.o.
Lepiauchenia was the smallest of the Oreodont family. It was long hypothesized that Lepiauchenia was an aquatic, or semi-aquatic animal, due to the position of the animals\'s eyes & nostrils. However, fossils of the animal have never been found in floodplain deposits or river channels. They have only been found in sand dune areas, suggest that Lepiauchenia was actually a desert anaimal.