Oreodont Mammal Bone
These animals are part of a very diverse group of extinct herbivorous, plant eaters in North America about 30 to 33 Million Years ago. They are artiodactyls which means even-toed ungulates. An Ungulate means – hoof toed mammal.
This is an Oreodont Mammal Bone. Oreodont means “mountain tooth” because of the unique shape of the molars. Most oreodonts were about the size of sheep but some grew to a size of a cow. They were fairly heavy-bodied and had short four-toed hooves. Oreodonts are extinct and have no close relatives but are most closely related to camels and pigs. All Oreodonts are herbivorous and believed to browse on leaves and young shoots.
The end of the long bone joint is 1 1/8 inch and comes in this handsome inch 3 1/4 inch by 4 1/4 black leatherette, glass – topped collectors case.