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Rare Fossilized Sabertooth Hoplophoneus Skull
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North America, Custer County, South Dakota, Late Eocene to Early Oligocene Period, ca. 35 million to 29 million years ago. A fossilized skull from the long-legged Hoplophoneus, a false saber-tooth cat, in the Nimravid family. This skull beautifully displays the large and once-razor sharp saber teeth. Most of the lower jaw is original, which is a rare find! This species is the second earliest saber-tooth mammal that roamed prehistoric North America. These animals had a lot of physical characteristics similar to the famous Smilodon (saber-toothed tiger) including large saber canine; however, Hoplophoneus was not a true cat! These animals were 2 feet tall (0.6 meters), about the size of a large bobcat, and likely hunted in packs with close knit families as evidenced by some remains found together in death. They hunted grazing ungulates, including camelids and prehistoric oreodonts. Using their highly developed saber-teeth they would likely sever the blood supply in the neck of their prey in the initial attack, much like large cats of today! A stunning and rare fossil! Size: 7" L x 4.5" W (17.8 cm x 11.4 cm); 9.75" H (24.8 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Rome, Georgia, USA collection

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Repaired and restored from many pieces with visible infill along break lines. 85 to 88% original. Restored using a small portion of bone from another nimravid specimen on upper and lower jaws in the front. Lower jaw is separate from rest of skull with a metal bar attached for mounting on stand. Rare specimen!
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Rare Fossilized Sabertooth Hoplophoneus Skull

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Feb 18, 2021
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0093: Rare Fossilized Sabertooth Hoplophoneus Skull

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North America, Custer County, South Dakota, Late Eocene to Early Oligocene Period, ca. 35 million to 29 million years ago. A fossilized skull from the long-legged Hoplophoneus, a false saber-tooth cat, in the Nimravid family. This skull beautifully displays the large and once-razor sharp saber teeth. Most of the lower jaw is original, which is a rare find! This species is the second earliest saber-tooth mammal that roamed prehistoric North America. These animals had a lot of physical characteristics similar to the famous Smilodon (saber-toothed tiger) including large saber canine; however, Hoplophoneus was not a true cat! These animals were 2 feet tall (0.6 meters), about the size of a large bobcat, and likely hunted in packs with close knit families as evidenced by some remains found together in death. They hunted grazing ungulates, including camelids and prehistoric oreodonts. Using their highly developed saber-teeth they would likely sever the blood supply in the neck of their prey in the initial attack, much like large cats of today! A stunning and rare fossil! Size: 7" L x 4.5" W (17.8 cm x 11.4 cm); 9.75" H (24.8 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Rome, Georgia, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#161511
Condition
...
Repaired and restored from many pieces with visible infill along break lines. 85 to 88% original. Restored using a small portion of bone from another nimravid specimen on upper and lower jaws in the front. Lower jaw is separate from rest of skull with a metal bar attached for mounting on stand. Rare specimen!

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