1" Baby Desmostylus Molar (Hippo Like Animal) - California

 
 
This

Artists reconstruction of Desmostylus. By Dmitry Bogdanov
is an nice example of a molar from a juvenile Desmostylus hesperus, an extinct Hippopotamus-like animal. This odd looking tooth was collected from the Miocene aged Temblor Formation in California.

Desmostylus was most likely amphibious and probably lived in shallow water of coastal regions. This is based on studies of the isotopes in it's teeth and bones that indicate it's diet was mainly aquatic freshwater plants. It's was a large animal reaching sizes of about 6 feet long and 450 pounds. It had a short tail and powerful legs with four hooves. Both the creature's jaws were elongated and sported forward-facing tusks, which were elongated canines and incisors.
FOR SALE
$135
DETAILS
SPECIES
Desmostylus hesperus
LOCATION
Coalinga, California
FORMATION
Temblor Formation
SIZE
1" long, .65" wide, .9" tall
CATEGORY
ITEM
#18683
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