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Hello everyone! My name is Jack, and I am hoping one of you can help me out. To be clear, I have zero experience or knowledge when it comes to fossils. I absolutely loved dinosaurs when I was a kid, which led to my parents buying me this fossil of a partial mandible and teeth. I've starred at it ever since, always wondering what it might have been. I was cleaning out old boxes and I happen to find it! Last time I laid eyes on it was in the late 90's so I never had a chance to get it looked at. If there is anyone who would be able to give me some information on it, it would be fantastic. What kind of creature, what time period and quality of the sample etc.. any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Fossildude19

Welcome to the Forum. :) 

 

I'm not an expert by any means, ... but I think your piece resembles a partial Oreodont jaw. 

Possibly from the White River Formation.

 

Wait for a few more opinions, though. ;) 

Regards,

 

 

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fossilized6s

It appears to a partial skull of an Oreodont, an creature similar to today's Camels.

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snolly50

Here is an old series of posts from the Forum detailing an Oreodont prep. As the others have said, that is the donor animal of your nice piece.

 

 

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jpc

And i will say with 95% certainty that it is from South Dakota judging from the redness I see all over it.  It is about 35 million years old, late Eocene or more likely early Oligocene.  

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Wow I love it! It surprises me that it's a fossilized mammal, I've always thought as a kid that it was much older and perhaps some sort of dinosaur (shows what I know). Non the less, I think it's just as fascinating and 35 million years is nothing to sneeze at. I believe this has spurred my interest enough that I want to go hunting for some more fossils!

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