BHI Catalog:  Dinosaurs & Birds:  Avian Theropods:  Paleospheniscus sp. Skeleton - Fossil Replica

  Paleospheniscus sp. Skeleton - Fossil Replica  (BHI #126436)
Paleospheniscus sp. Skeleton - Fossil Replica 
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This specimen, field designation: GEORGE, is a Late Miocene, Early Pliocene penguin, Paleospheniscus sp.. Paleospheniscus was a very successful marine bird as evidenced by its abundance in the fossil record. These active, diving, marine birds lived in a warm climate near the equator. Paleospheniscus is very similar to modern penguins, and much like the penguin of today they had dense appendicular, (limb) bones to aid them in diving and swimming under the waters surface in search of food. Evidence suggests it was ancestral to the modern Humboldt penguin, which inhabits the offshore islands of Peru and Chile.

The replica is produced with removable head, feet, and wings. It can be mounted in standing, swimming or diving pose. Hand painted a dark brown similar to the color of the original bone. 

An excellent stand-alone exhibit or include it in a marine diorama interacting with other Tertiary marine animals.

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Age    Early Pliocene [~ 4.5 MYA]
Locality    Pisco Formation, Arequipa Departamento, Peru
Credit    The original specimen was collected by Black Hills Institute staff under permit and is in our permanent collection.
Notes    May take approximately two months for production. Check with us to see if an earlier delivery is possible.
Size    ~ 33” l (84 cm)
Extras    Crate and packing fees apply. Please contact us for details.

Price:  $3,500.00
 

Please contact us for an estimate on a delivery date. We do not keep this item stocked - it is created when an order has been placed. Delivery may be contingent upon BHI's or a BHI affiliate's production schedule.

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