BHI Catalog:  Mammals:  Merychippus sp. Skull - Research Replica

  Merychippus sp. Skull - Research Replica  (BHI #126457)
Merychippus sp. Skull - Research Replica 
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Merychippus is a horse from the Miocene period. During this period the Great Plains were developing and the horse population quickly adapted to their new environment. Merychippus had high crowned teeth with a hard covering, for grazing on the dust and sand covered grasslands. These horses lived in herds, and had a height of about 48 inches (122 cm). Their muzzles were longer, jaw deeper, eyes wider apart, and their brains were larger, making it smarter and more agile than its predecessors. Although they still had three toes, ligaments under the fetlock to the big central toe supported their weight. Merychippus gave rise to many species of grazers leading eventually to the line of 'true equines' we know and love today.

Our Merychippus skull replica shows many similarities to modern day horses.

Available as an unpainted, unmounted cast suitable for some research or reference purposes. Note: some portions of the original fossil may have been scientifically restored.

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Age    Miocene [~ 10 MYA]
Locality    Republican River Beds, Nebraska, USA
Credit    The original skull and skeleton was collected and prepared by Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Inc. and is now on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, at Houston, Texas.
Notes    Photo represents what this cast may look like if finished for display. Custom painting and/ or mounting is available upon request, for an additional fee. Please contact us with your questions.
Size    ~ 12" l (30 cm)

Price:  $375.00
 

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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