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Carnivorous mammal skull ID

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PaleoSHAZZ

Could someone please help me identify this mammal skull? It has no associated geographic information.

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FossilDAWG

I can't say, except to guess it may be from the White River formation (Oligocene).  Others will be along who have more experience with skulls and can offer a more confident opinion: @jpc.   However, it is a nice skull, looks like all the teeth and other parts are there.  It should be a great specimen when it is fully prepped.

 

Don

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rfarrar

Looks to me to be a Neogene mammal from China. Probably some parts are replaced or composited.

 

Bob

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jpc

I think this is Chinese, too.  It is not White River. 

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LordTrilobite

Yeah looks like it might be a composite. There seems to be some suspicious areas on the snout.

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daves64

Removing all that added in/on brown mud would probably show just how little may actually be there & how much is genuine.

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hemipristis
11 hours ago, rfarrar said:

Looks to me to be a Neogene mammal from China. Probably some parts are replaced or composited.

 

Bob

that was my first thought on seeing the tooth preservation and matrix.  Theres a guy on online selling individual teeth from China that look similar with a similar terra cotta matrix.

 

Check out: Miocene Formation: Guanhe Beds Location: Near Linxia, Gansu Province, China. A certain online fossil dealer has some fine photos of skulls from here.  MODS: Can I mention or link, just for informational purposes?

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steelhead9

A compostodon from China. Ouch, that is terrible, although it does have a few nice teeth, probably from an ichtitherium.

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mikeymig

I saw this skull before. Like daves64 said, I would soak in water to see what is real and what is fake (I've done this several times in the past with Chinese "fossil" skulls). Some of it is real and looks like a species of Ictitherium. Yes its from China.

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siteseer

Yes, it does look like it could be a mess but it also looks like you could get some decent fossil hyena teeth out of it.  Rather than soaking it, just give it a quick wash and try to identify where all the breaks are to see if it is a Frankenstein.  If there is a real skull in there somewhere, it could fall apart just as easily as a composite.

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