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    Oreodont Skull with Vertebrae
    Merycoidodon sp.
    Late Oligocene
    Brule Formation
    White River Badlands, South Dakota, USA


    This Oreodont skull associated with cervical vertebrae and limb bones is more of an entire fossil diorama than just a singular specimen. The remnant of the ruminating hog-like creature, that was actually related more to modern camels, represents an incredible amount of preserved Merycoidodon. While the canine teeth and overall skull look quite ominous, this Oreodont was an herbivorous mammal that lived a basic existence. Looking somewhat like a pig, these ruminants had full sets of teeth, unlike modern examples. The fossil displays minimal repairs and excellent preservation. The bones are in original matrix, although some material has been added to the bottom and back of the piece to allow for a most dramatic display.
    Overall Measurements: 22.00 x 6.00 x 15.50 inches (55.88 x 15.24 x 39.37 cm)

    Provenance: The Property from an East Coast Collection

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2019
    28th Saturday
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