7" Fossil Oreodont (Merycoidodon) 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 7" long skull of Merycoidodon culbertsoni, an Oreodont. It was collected from the the Brule Formation in Wyoming and would be approximately 30-34 million years old.

This skull was found partially fragmented within the rock. Portions of the skull weren't recoverable and required gap fill restoration to ensure structural integrity. Some of the anterior portion of the mandible is broken and missing teeth. The incisive bone, nasal and maxilla bones are fragmented, with spots of bone missing. The angles of each side of the mandible are broken.

Oreodonts are an extinct mammal most closely related to camels and pigs. They have no close relatives living today. They were herbivorous, 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
Niobrara County, Wyoming
FORMATION
Brule Formation
SIZE
7" long, 4.4" tall
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#134356
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