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  Hoplophoneus occidentalis Skull - Research Replica  (BHI #100128209)
Hoplophoneus occidentalis Skull - Research Replica 
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Until recently there were only a few incomplete specimens of Hoplophoneus occidentalis known, which made a good description of the species difficult. Occidentalis was about the size of a large leopard. It sported large canines, up to 4 inches in length. It was the largest saber toothed 'cat' living in North America's Serengeti (the Great Plains during the Oligocene Period).

Our skull replica is from one of the very best original Hoplophoneus occidentalis saber-toothed 'cat' skulls that have been found to date. The right side saber, including the root, was missing from the original. Erosion to the bone that covered the root, indicates an infection had occurred, making it likely the saber was lost during life.

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    Oligocene Epoch [~ 33 MYA]
Locality    Brule Formation - White River Group, South Dakota, USA
Credit    The original was prepared by Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Inc., and is in the Hugh Rose Collection in Tucson, Arizona.
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    ~10.25" l (26cm)

Price:  $350.00
 

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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