8.4" Fossil Oreodont (Merycoidodon) Skull - South Dakota

This is an 8.4" long skull of an oreodont (Merycoidodon culbertsoni), collected from the White River Formation (Brule subunit) in South Dakota and would be approximately 30-33 million years old. This skull is over 95% complete.

It is accompanied by an acrylic display stand to assist with presentation.

The majority of the molars and premolars remained intact and in excellent condition. Only the upper right canine remained partially intact and the remaining canines and incisors are all missing. The right and left zygomatic arches are heavily weathered. There is glue stabilization in spots and none of the bone has been restored/reconstructed.

Artist's reconstruction of Merycoidodon.  By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com) Creative Commons License
Artist's 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 culbertsoni
LOCATION
South Dakota
FORMATION
Brule Formation - White River Badlands Group
SIZE
Skull: 8.4 x 5.4 x 4.05", Entire Specimen: 7.95" wide
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#285132
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