3.8" Fossil Titanothere (Megacerpos) Vertebrae - South Dakota

 
This is a fossil vertebrae of Megacerpos (Brontotherium) sp., a type of Titanothere with small proximal portions of the vertebral processes still attached. It was collected from the Eocene aged Chadron Formation of South Dakota.


Artists reconstruction of a Titanothere. By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com)


Titanothere's are an extinct, massive, mammal that lived during the Eocene. While the very closely resembled a Rhinocerose, they were more closely related to todays horses. They first appeared 54 million years ago and when extinct at the end of the Eocene, 34 million years ago. The same genus has been described several times under different names Brontotherium, Titanotherium, Brontops, etc though Megacerpos was the first and therefore technically correct one.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Megacerpos (Brontotherium) sp.
AGE
LOCATION
South Dakota
FORMATION
Chadron Formation
SIZE
3.8 x 2.8 x 2.8"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#73226
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