4.95" Fossil Oreodont (Merycoidodon) Skull - South Dakota

This is a 4.95" long skull of an Oreodont (Merycoidodon gracilis). It was collected from the White River Formation in Pennington County, South Dakota and would be approximately 30-35 million years old. The jaws include beautifully preserved teeth that appear to be natural and with little to no restoration.

Comes with an acrylic display stand to assist with presentation.

This skull has undergone some restoration both in the form of gap fill and glue stabilization that was necessary to ensure the lasting integrity of the skull and to resolve any damage incurred in the collection process. These repairs were professionally done to ensure a long-lasting and aesthetic specimen.

Artists reconstruction of Merycoidodon.  By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com) Creative Commons License
Artists reconstruction of Merycoidodon. By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com) Creative Commons License

Oreodonts are an extinct mammal most closely related to camels and pigs. They have no close relatives living today. They were herbivorous, with short faces and fang-like canine teeth. About the size of a sheep, they roamed the plains of North America in huge numbers during the Oligocene period.
FOR SALE
$795
DETAILS
SPECIES
Merycoidodon gracilis
LOCATION
Pennington County, South Dakota
FORMATION
White River Formation
SIZE
Skull: 4.95 x 3.7 x 2.8"
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#217197
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