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  1. Tigereagle12345

    My First Oreodont Prep

    Recently for Christmas, I received the marvelous gift of a bunch on different unprepared fossils from an unknown location in Nebraska (Purchased of the auction site). The first piece I started was a smallish jaw from an oreodont that I think turned out ok. I still plan to clean up the teeth a bit, but I'm not sure what to do next, as this is the first time I've prepared anything other than Green River fish. I'm considering removing it from the matrix entirely, but I'm concerned about the stability of the fossil, as the matrix is quite crumbly and the back has been consolidated by whoever found
  2. Tigereagle12345

    Fossilized Lower Jaw from Nebraska

    Hi, Recently I received several unprepared fossils from Nebraska, although the exact location is unknown. One of these fossils I have been preparing is a lower jaws from an unknown animal and I would like to know what it is, and if possible an idea of the time period and/or formation. Any help would be appreciated. I currently think that is probably a lower right jaw from the oreodont Merycoidodont. The dimensions of the jaw are 6cm by 14cm, and I am happy to post more photos if necessary. Thanks!
  3. Today I drove out about 50 miles to attend an auction that is held a few times a year. This auction usually has Native American artifacts, Chinese artifacts, old fishing equipment, fossils and other odds and ends. The auction starts at 10:30 am and runs several hours. Today I left at 2:30 pm and there was still about 150 lots to auction out of the original 450 or so lots that the day began with. Today there may have been about 50 people in attendance and by the time I left, there were maybe 20 people left. There is no charge to enter and no additional fee is charged to you
  4. fossilhunter21

    Oreodont skull #2

    From the album: Fossilhunter21's collection

    Species: Merycoidodon sp. Location: Crawford, NE Date of discovery: 8/12/22
  5. fossilhunter21

    Oreodont skull #2

    From the album: Fossilhunter21's collection

    Species: Merycoidodon sp. Location: Crawford, NE Date of discovery: 8/12/22
  6. fossilhunter21

    Oreodont skull #2

    From the album: Fossilhunter21's collection

    Species: Merycoidodon sp. Location: Crawford, NE Date of discovery: 8/12/22
  7. Good evening to my fellow fossil lovers! This report has been on hold for a while, hovering near the top of my paleo-to do list. But to be honest, I haven't been on the forum as much these last few months and I've just sort of kicked the can down the road, pushing it off. Well here we are in August 2022 and I'm a whole year and some change removed from this excursion, but I say better late than never. With that out of the way lets jump into this adventure! I hope you're ready for... The Roadtrip Through Time: Colorado Part I: Pierre Shale In the winter of 2021 I ha
  8. I received this little partially prepped oreodont skull from an old paleontologist I've connected with and I noticed these two spots on it. Are they just conveniently placed holes? Or are they a bite mark? And if so, from what?
  9. The first (and only- for now) Oreodont skull I prepped was in remarkably good condition and required virtually no reconstruction, just a thorough and careful cleaning + a little stabilizing. Afterwards I was looking for a good way to display this little skull in a manner where it wouldn't just be sitting on a flat surface. I'm not great at bending metal to create an elevated cradle so I came up with this: I laid a sheet of plastic wrap on the underside of the skull and gently pressed Apoxie sculpt on top of the plastic so it molded to the contours of the skull. I then pressed a met
  10. It’s been a few years since I’ve posted, good to be back- I’m looking for unprepped material! I’m just a hobbiest who enjoys the prep work as much or more than the collecting. I’m not an expert by any means but I’ve done a handful of large green river fish, a few mammoth tusks, an Oreodont upper skull, and a few other miscellaneous specimens. One of the most enjoyable prep projects I did was a small oreodont upper skull that was in grade A condition, but since then (years ago) I cannot seem to find anything similar. I am most interested in any unprepped white River specim
  11. Nanotyrannus35

    Some Oreodont Bones

    I had recently received a couple unprepped oreodont limb bones from @snolly50 and have started prepping them. Here's a pic of my workstation There's been a lot of repair in these bones that I had to do. The bone on the left I'm pretty sure is a humerus. Here's some more pictures of that one Then there's this other bone that I'm working on repairing and prepping, I think this might be a femur? Then I have this piece that looks like the end of the tibia and fibula with some tarsals. And last I have this unidentified limb bone end, about 3 inches long
  12. snolly50

    Mystery Bones

    By some vast, cosmic alignment of karma, snolly has become the possessor of a horde of material, deaccessioned from a museum's abundance. Information is scant, but "Oligocene" and "Nebraska" are offered as clues. The foil wrapped specimens had apparently lain in benign neglect for a a generous span, the bone rests in pieces with sheets of dried, peeling consolidant and crumbling matrix. The specimens appear to be limb bones and Oreodont is the donor that presents as likely. At present, snolly is leisurely joining the puzzle pieces and removing old consolidant (white glue?) and mat
  13. Randyw


    I was recently given an Oreodont skull that someone had started but he gave up on it after breaking it into 5 pieces. One of my relatives who knows him was talking about how I’m into fossils and the guy just gives it to him so he gave it to me! So it’s my next project. Even though it’s not in the best shape I’m still excited to get it! I love prepping fossils even though I can only do it on my days off.
  14. GarethGP

    Merycoidodon sp.

    I was recently given a mandible by a retiring paleontologist that I've been prepping. It was buried deeply in matrix. He had recorded it in his records as merycoidodon sp. not knowing what species of merycoidodon it is. Does anyone know if we can tell based on size alone? Here are some pics.
  15. vietnamfossil

    Is this Poebrotherium or Oreodont jaw?

    Hi folks! I just get this mandible from a guy sold as unpreped. He found it in South Dakota. Because it still cover in matrix as some section so I would like to as you if this is a Poebrotherium camel jaw or it belong to Oreodont? I can’t identify between both of these species because the tooth look very similar of herbivore animal. Thank you.
  16. fossilhunter21

    Oreodont prep!

    So I know in another post I said that I was not going to prep mammal fossils for a while... Well apparently I lied. It was not very expensive (I am sure you can see why) so I decided to purchase it. Here it is after a few hours of work. Ps. Sorry about the quality of the photos. My camera takes batteries and is not rechargeable and I have no batteries left. Also I am tired and it's late and I don't feel like spending lots of time on photos right now. Hopefully tomorrow I can get better pictures. -Micah
  17. fossilhunter21

    Oreodont prep!

    I recieved this skull yesterday and have been working on it whenever I have time. The skull is not super complete, but I still like it. Here are the images from the seller:
  18. fossilhunter21

    Oreodont question

    So I am thinking about getting an unprepared oreodont skull. But I was wondering how hard it is to prepare one and if I should buy something less expensive to work on? Thanks in advance! Ps. I have a little bitt of experience with preparing fossils.
  19. Now that hockey season has ended and the lab is warm again, and perhaps due to my new found extra time in isolation, I am embarking on documenting my prep projects. I thought I would start the prep season off with something easy that should turn out fairly nice. Please welcome my new little friendly Oreodont, Miniochoerus gracilis. It came into my collection in the summer of 2013 and has sat jacketed in a box until today. This evening I concentrated primarily on consolidation and bulk matrix removal with an ARO, and still have a ways to go. The plan is to prepare the "down" side in the ho
  20. snolly50

    Oreodont Prep Series

    Forum member Ray Eklund recently offered several pieces of White River mammal material at auction to benefit the Forum. I was pleased to win one of these and received it a little over two weeks ago. I now hope to post a series attempting to show the progress in preparation. This fossil is the skull and lower jaw of Merycoidodon gracilis. This is one of the smaller Oreodonts, about the size of a modern red fox. Ray provided the following collection information: Brule Member of the White River Formation, Sioux County, Nebraska. Here are photos provided by Ray, posted for the auction. The r
  21. Psittacosaurus fossils are really hard to find on the web currently so am looking to trade my fossils for a psittacosaurus skull of a psittacosaurus here's the fossils I am trading The oreodont skull and the spinosaurus also come with a certificate This is a oreodont skull from South Dakota it has a little restoration A nice 4.7 inch spinosaurus tooth ...and this is a ceratopsian Epoccipital from Powder River, Montana
  22. With a week of collecting under my belt I felt ready and excited to take on the next, this time exclusively on the White River formation. All factors being considered, the White River is probably the most difficult formation to hunt among those I've been lucky enough to explore thus far. For one, the terrain is often very rough, with all sorts of ridges, rises, washes and gullies to hike through. Another issue to account for is the reflection of light off of the white sediments, meaning that ample sunscreen is a necessity if you don't want to burn to a crisp. That harsh sunlight can lead to te
  23. I just got back from an amazing and very fruitful week of fossil collecting on the White River Formation in northeastern Colorado. The White River Formation is a very easy and fun rock unit to collect vertebrate fossils on. The White River Formation was deposited during the very latest Eocene and the early Oligocene, though the faunal diversity in the areas I was collecting on suggest it was laid down during the Orellan North American Land Mammal Age, which centers on around 33 million years ago during the Rupelian age of the Oligocene Epoch. I am very lucky to have a grand uncle
  24. Hi everyone, I'm hoping to be able to find out the identity of this tooth I found in the White River formation last summer. It has an odd triangular cross section and doesn't seem to match anything I've seen so far. I was wondering if it might be from the ancient peccary Perchoerus as I saw some similarities online when I was exploring that option. I would be interested in reading all of your opinions. The tooth is approx. 4 cm in length and 1 cm at its widest point. Photo from the field
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