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Oreodont Juvenile Skull Replica measures 4.5 inches. Oreodont Juvenile Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Merycoidodont culbertsoni is the scientific name. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw). Skull is of an infant mammal. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
Oreodont or Merycoidodon culbertsoni sometimes called ruminating hogs, is an extinct super family of prehistoric cud-chewing artiodactyls with short faces and fang-like canine teeth. Oreodont or Merycoidodon culbertsoni means mountain teeth, referring to the appearance of the molars.
Most oreodonts or Merycoidodont culbertsoni were sheep-sized, though some genera grew to the size of cattle. They were heavy-bodied, with short four-toed hooves and comparatively long tails.
Oreodont or Merycoidodon culbertsoni now more properly are called Merycoidodont. As their name implies, some of the better known forms were generally hog-like, and the group was once thought to be a member of Suina, the pigs, peccaries and their ancestors, though recent work indicates they were more closely related to camels.
Oreodont or Merycoidodont culbertsoni were most likely woodland and grassland browsers, and were widespread in North America during the Oligocene and Miocene. Later forms diversified to suit a range of different habitats.
Today, Oreodont or Merycoidodont culbertsoni fossil jaws and teeth are commonly found amid the Oreodon beds (White River fauna) of the White River badlands in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
Many oreodont bones have also been reported at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon. Some oreodonts or Merycoidodont culbertsoni have been found at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.
The majority of oreodonts or Merycoidodont culbertsoni are presumed to have lived in herds, as suggested by the thousands of individuals in the various mass mortalities seen in the White River Badlands, Nebraska Oreodont beds, or Chula Vista, California.
This diverse group of stocky oreodonts or Merycoidodont culbertsoni grazed amid the grasslands, prairies, or savannas of North and Central America throughout much of the Cenozoic era.
First appearing 48 million years ago during the warm Eocene epoch of the Paleogene period, the oreodonts dominated the American landscape 34 to 23 Mya during the dry Oligocene epoch, but they disappeared 4 Mya during the colder Pliocene epoch of the late Neogene period.
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