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Lot 30: OLIGOCENE PREDATOR SKULL
by I.M. Chait
May 16, 2010
Beverly Hills, CA, USALive Auction
OLIGOCENE PREDATOR SKULL
Brule Formation, White River Badlands, South Dakota
The Hyaenodonts lasted on Earth for over 25 million years, some species being the largest carnivorous mammals of their time, almost the size of a modern day Black Bear, others being about the size of a marten. That they resemble a modern hyena is implied by the name, although they are no relation and were named merely for similarity in their teeth. This skull is from a large dog-sized creature. It is complete, with lovely bone texture and patination and speckles of pinkish blush. It boasts fine teeth, with good enamel coverage colored a strong dark brown, and measures 8 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches on a burnt pine display base.