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Monster High Quality 23” “TERRIBLE PIG” Archaeotherium Adult Skull
MONSTER High Quality 23” TERRIBLE PIG Archaeotherium mortoni Adult Skull
Species: ARCHAEOTHERIUM Mortoni
Species description: Largest Species of Entelodont and Largest Carnivore Pig of all time. It was a relative of the ungulates and a cow- sized predator with large canines. They ate camels , oreodonts , brontotheres ,and horses on the Oligocene fields. It could also dig for roots and tubers. It had an elongated skull with long bony knobs beneath the eyes and on the lower jaws. It also had long spines on its thoracic vertebrae over the shoulders and a small brain, and often obtained lengths over 8 ‘. Its jaw could snap shut quickly and kill any animal during its time and was highly successful. It hunted in packs and could run off a huge hyaenodon. One unnamed species lived during early Miocene .The early archs were a little smaller than later Oligocene archaeotheriums .
Geological strata: WHITE RIVER Formation
Geological period: Late Oligocene Period 25-23 MYA
Item location: Badlands of Western South Dakota, Pennington County
Item rating and description :1-10 9.2 MONSTER ADULT 23” LONG Entelodont” Terrible Pig “Archaeotherium 11” Wide Unique Skull found last year on a South Dakota private ranch . What a beautiful monster specimen with some restore. I estimate this is over 80% original with teeth even better at only the incisors in the front restored. This found in late Oligocene soils. This is one of the better ones I’ve had , as anything over 75% now is very very good . The size, teeth and skull make this a adult at the time of the biggest entelodonts . The back of skull has some restore, zygos, and part of ears with spot fills here and there. Some repair occurred also. The ears are displayed down which is why it would be 16 inches wide otherwisw. They were smart, resourceful , team killers on the West Plains of North America .This is the most sought after mammal now after all the BBC Prehistoric Beast immortalized publication tape. IT shared the Oligocene Period with hyaenodons as the top predators but these were in teams and were top dogs so to speak . The originality is very very good with super teeth . It’s very easy to see restored areas on this colorful pig but few have one this size .The colors are typical S Dakota with a yellow beige tint, and as time went these pigs evolved into daedons and large Miocene Archaeotherium also ,which I also have one. This is an huge adult. These animals made mince meat of the saber cats of the time. The values on these have skyrocketed due to rarity but you can have you pick with me. This was the top of the food chain. IT looks like a male to me but not sure as females got big also late in Oligocene. This is beautifully displayed on top display wooden mat with steel supports .
Price : $11,999
Reduced to close to cost for quick sale : $9999 Dave
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