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    ROBUST FOSSIL OREODONT SKULL
    Merycoidodon culbertsoni
    Late Oligocene, Brule Formation, White River Badlands
    South Dakota, USA

    While looking more like a predator with characteristic "fang-like" canine teeth, this fossilized skull actually belonged to a group of extinct terrestrial herbivores known as Oreodonts, which were most closely related to camels and pigs. This skull is from Merycoidodon culbertsoni, a browser that fed on a diet of leaves and shoots, some 30 million years ago during the Oligocene. Merycoidodon ("ruminating teeth") was an iconic member of the ecosystem of the renowned White River Badlands where numerous fossils from this group have been unearthed. This particular specimen is an excellent representation as the fossil skull is in good condition with minimal restoration on the end of the lower jaw and one reconstructed zygomatic arch. The teeth are fairly complete and appear to be mostly all original. There is a small area above one eye socket that is missing. As an added bonus, there is a post-cranial vertebra which has been attached by an expert preparator. This rugged skull measures 8 inches (20.32 cm), is fully inflated, and has excellent symmetry.
    Overall Measurements: 8 x 3.75 x 4.5 inches (20.32 x 9.53 x 11.43 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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