Oreodont (Merycoidodon) Jaw Section - South Dakota

 
This
Artists reconstruction of Merycoidodon.  By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com)
Artists reconstruction of Merycoidodon. By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com)
is a jaw section of Merycoidodon gracilis an Oreodont. It was collected from the the Brule Formation in South Dakota and would be approximately 32-34 million years old.

This specimen was collected by the Black Hills Institute.

Oreodonts (the common name for Merycoidodontoidea) are extinct mammals most closely related to camels and pigs, though they have no close relatives living today. They were herbivorous animals 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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Merycoidodontidae
LOCATION
South Dakota
FORMATION
Brule Formation, Scenic Member
SIZE
1.72" long
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#10538
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