Excellent Hyaenodon Premolar Fossil Tooth

Hyaenodon requieni

Class Mammalia, Order Creodonta, Family Hyaenodontidae

Geological Time: Late Eocene (~36 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Tooth: 13 mm wide by 27 mm high (including root) Matrix: 30 mm by 55 mm

Fossil Site: Euzet-les-Banes, Gard, France

Fossil Code: FMT03

Price: $365.00

The Creodonts were the dominant carnivorous mammals of the early Tetriary, comprised of the Oxyaenidae and the Hyaenidontidae. The Hyaenodontids ranged throughout the Northern Hemisphere, even reaching Africa. The largest was known as Megistrotherium, and had a skull twice as long as a modern tiger, making it Hyaenodonthe largest known land mammal carnivore. The extinction of the Hyyaenodontids still remains a mystery today. This fine piece shows a premolar well situated on its matrix. This specimen comes from an historically significant site in that is was studied by Georges Cuvier, the 19th century scientist who was instrumental in founding comparative anatomy and paleontology. He was an advocate of catastrophism in the evolution of life rather than a slow gradual change. His thoughts later became what is now known as punctuated equilibrium as advocated by Niles Eldridge and Steven Jay Gould. The site has been closed for some 12 years now, so only older specimens such as this one are available.

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