4.6" Oligocene Fossil Camelid (Poebrotherium) Skull - Wyoming

This is a 4.6" long skull of a camelid (Poebrotherium wilsoni) which was found in Converse County, Wyoming. It is Oligocene in age, or approximately 30 to 34 million years old. Natural molars and premolars are still contained within the jaws, making for a truly amazing specimen.

It comes with an acrylic display stand to assist with presentation.

Rock has been left in and around the bone to assist with structural integrity of the skull. There is gap fill restoration to the distal end of the left side of the mandible, and the distal maxilla and premaxilla have been restored.

Poebrotherium (meaning "grass-eating beast") is an extinct camelid that roamed North America between the Eocene and Miocene epochs. They were smaller than modern day camels, being about the same size as a modern sheep, and fit in the place of deer/gazelle in the White River fauna. Despite their name, it is believed that grass was likely not their primary food source and instead they were considered to be browsers, feeding on various foliage and berries. Based on bite marks in bones, it's likely they were preyed on by Archaeotherium, an extinct boar-like entelodont which was also prevalent throughout the White River ecosystem.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Poebrotherium wilsoni
LOCATION
Converse County, Wyoming
FORMATION
White River Formation
SIZE
Skull: 4.6 x 3.2 x 2.3"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#197464
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