Rhinoceros Fossil Skull Replica measures 22.9 in. Rhinoceros Fossil Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Teleoceras proterum is the scientific name. Polyurathane cast from a private collection. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Rhinoceros Fossil or Teleoceras proterum is an extinct genus of grazing rhinoceros. It lived in North America during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs during the Hemingfordian to the end of Hemphillian from around 17.5 to 4.9 million years ago.

Rhinoceros Fossil or Teleoceras proterum had much shorter legs than modern rhinoceros, and a large barrel chest, making its build more like that of a hippopotamus than a modern rhino. Osborn based on this, suggested in 1898 that it was semi-aquatic and hippo like in habits.

This idea persisted for around a century, but has recently been discounted by isotopic evidence. Rhinoceros Fossil or Teleoceras proterum is now thought to have been a terrestrial grazer on C3 plants. Rhinoceros Fossil or Teleoceras proterum had a single small nasal horn.

Rhinoceros Fossil or Teleoceras proterum is by far the most common fossil in the Ashfall Fossil Beds of Nebraska. In fact, its remains were so numerous and concentrated that the building housing the greatest concentration of Ashfall fossils is called the “Rhino Barn”. Most of the skeletons are preserved in a nearly complete state. One extraordinary specimen includes the remains of a Rhinoceros Fossil or Teleoceras proterum calf trying to suckle from its mother. This animal was featured in the episodes “Are Rhinos Dinos?” and “Dawn Of The Cats” of the Paleoworld series.

Rhinoceros Fossil or Teleoceras proterum went extinct in North America alongside Aphelops at the end of the Hemphillian, most likely due to rapid climate cooling, increased seasonality and expansion of C4 grasses, as isotopic evidence suggests that the uptake of C4 plants was far less than contemporary horses.

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Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 22.9 in
Teleoceras proterum Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Rhinocerotidae
Genus: †Teleoceras
Type species: †Teleoceras major
Conservation Status: Extinct


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