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 containing one molar of Merycoidodon culbertsoni, an Oreodont from the Brule Formation of Custer County, South Dakota. Merycoidodon culbertsoni is much more rare than the smaller Merycoidodon gracilis that you typically see for sale.

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
Merycoidodon culbertsoni
LOCATION
Custer County, South Dakota
FORMATION
Brule Formation
SIZE
2.4" long
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#73652
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