5.5" Fossil Oreodont (Merycoidodon) Skull - Wyoming

This is a 5.5" long skull of an Oreodont (Merycoidodon gracilis). It was collected from the White River Formation in Converse County, Wyoming and would be approximately 30-34 million years old. The jaws include beautifully preserved canines, incisors, premolars and molars that have undergone no repair or restoration.

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 one repaired crack at the nuchal crest with a small crack that has been gap filled.

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.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Merycoidodon gracilis
LOCATION
Converse County, Wyoming
FORMATION
White River Formation
SIZE
Skull: 5.5 x 3.45 x 1.8". Entire specimen: 6.2 x 3.45"
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ITEM
#197412
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