3" Fossil Rhino (Teleoceras) Metatarsal - Kansas

 
 
 
 
This is a metatarsal of the extinct, short-legged rhino genus Teleoceras sp.. It is Miocene in age and was collected in Sherman County, Kansas.

Teleoceras was among the largest mammals that roamed prehistoric North America. It lived in water much like a modern hippopotamus. It ranged from Florida to the West Coast from about 17 million years ago until about 4.5 million years ago. Morphologically, Teleoceras looked a lot like modern hippos, with large, squat bodies and short legs. Its semi-aquatic lifestyle, first suggested by its body shape, has been disputed by some researchers. But evidence preserved in fossil teeth now indicates Teleoceras did spend much of its life in the water.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Teleoceras sp.
LOCATION
Sherman County, Kansas
FORMATION
Ogallala Formation
SIZE
3" long
CATEGORY
ITEM
#136433
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