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Mammal Fossils

Fossilized mammal remains are as compelling as their reptilian predecessors because they reflect the evolution of species over prehistoric epochs. First appearing among the fossil record of the Cenozoic age, mammal fossils often draw the closest parallels to species still alive today from cave bears to saber-tooth cats.

Proto-mammal species, or reptiles that were mammal like, first appeared during the late Triassic era. These creatures evolved rapidly into ones that adopted more mammalian characteristics with subsequent generations. These characteristics include live birth and a warm-blooded circulatory system.

The Miocene, Pleistocene, and the Holocene epochs, all subdivisions of the Cenozoic era, offer the widest range of mammalian fossils. These are creatures that are reminiscent of the species known to us today and yet still bear hallmarks of their prehistoric forbearers. The study and collection of these early mammalian species is a fascinating exchange.


Quick Facts

  • The name Cenozoic means "new life"
  • As a testament to the challenge of discerning between prehistoric and modern species, one can look to the Amphicyon, or "ambigious dog," a creature that roamed three continents and shared both canine and orsine characteristics
  • The largest recorded mammal fossil is that of the Paraceratherium, a hornless rhinoceros that existed during the Oligocene epoch and measured approximately 16 feet in height and more than 24 feet in length

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TWO LATE 20C SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TEETH SIGNED RASHIDI
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TWO LATE 20C SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TEETH SIGNED RASHIDI
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Est: $200- $300
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Est: $10- $1,000
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A carved whales tooth in the form of a standing figure. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) h.
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
A carved whales tooth in the form of a standing figure. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) h.
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Est: $70- $90
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EARLY 20TH CENTURY SCRIMSHAWED WHALE'S TOOTH,
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
EARLY 20TH CENTURY SCRIMSHAWED WHALE'S TOOTH,
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Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 2 RIKER MOUNTED FOSSILIZED SHARK TEETH
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Est: $30- $80
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Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Globidens aegyptiacus Jaw Section
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Sabertooth Herring-Enchodus Jaw Section
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Sabertooth Herring-Enchodus Jaw Section
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Est: $25- $40
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Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
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by Mebane Antique Auction
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Base Cut/Free Standing- Mantelliceras sp.- Giant Ammonites
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Base Cut/Free Standing- Mantelliceras sp.- Giant Ammonites
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Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
20TH CENTURY SCRIMSHAWED WHALES TOOTH. POLYCHROME
by Marion Antique Auctions
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18th Century Continental School, A scene of a man having a tooth pulled, oil on panel, 18" x 13".
Oct 27, 11:00 AM BST
18th Century Continental School, A scene of a man having a tooth pulled, oil on panel, 18" x 13".
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A FOSSILISED SECTION OF LOWER JAW FROM AN EXTINCT IRISH ELK
Oct 26, 11:00 AM BST
A FOSSILISED SECTION OF LOWER JAW FROM AN EXTINCT IRISH ELK
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DOUBLE TIGER TEETH PATTERN DZI STRING BRACELET
Oct 21, 3:00 PM EDT
DOUBLE TIGER TEETH PATTERN DZI STRING BRACELET
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Rare Saber Tiger Type Teeth Collection
Oct 22, 11:00 AM PDT
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Museum Quality Custom Megaladon Tooth Display Stand
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
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Est: $50- $80
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Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Serrated Megaladon Tooth
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$4000 Bids
Megaladon Tooth
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
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Est: $225- $400
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Museum Quality Custom Megaladon Tooth Display Stand
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Museum Quality Custom Megaladon Tooth Display Stand
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Museum Quality Custom Megaladon Tooth Display Stand
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Museum Quality Custom Megaladon Tooth Display Stand
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Est: $50- $80
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Museum Quality Custom Megaladon Tooth Display Stand
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Museum Quality Custom Megaladon Tooth Display Stand
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $50- $80
$500 Bids
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Museum Quality Custom Megaladon Tooth Display Stand
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $50- $80
$500 Bids
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Exceptionally preserved Stegodon fossil mo teeth, 590 g
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Exceptionally preserved Stegodon fossil mo teeth, 590 g
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$4000 Bids
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Collectible Cave Bear Fossil Tooth
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Collectible Cave Bear Fossil Tooth
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $1,209
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Old Stuff For You

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Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

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Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Chiswick Auctions