Oreodont (Merycoidodon) Partial Skull - Wyoming

 
 
 
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 very interesting, 4.9" long partial skull of Merycoidodon an Oreodont. It was collected from the the Brule Formation in Wyoming and would be approximately 32-34 million years old.

Both the upper and lower jaws are present, but laying next to each other rather than in their natural position. While there are several repair cracks and stabilized areas, the has been no restoration done to the skull.

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
LOCATION
Torrington, Wyoming
FORMATION
Brule Formation
SIZE
4.9" long
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#27585
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