Fossil rhinoceros skeleton - ROM2007_9522_1


Fossil rhinoceros skeleton

Place Collected
North America, USA, Kansas, Edmond
length=276; width=89; height=115 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassMammalia
    • OrderPerissodactyla
    • FamilyRhinocerotidae
    • GenusTeleoceras
    • SpecificEpithetfossiger
Object number: ROMVP01675
On view
Gallery Location:Reed Family Gallery of the Age of Mammals, Tertiary Megafaunas, Diets, Omnivores
DescriptionRhinos were common and diverse in North America for much of the Age of Mammals, only becoming extinct on this continent about 4.5 million years ago. Many had a horn, but it was not a true horn because it was made from compacted hair, and so did not usually fossilize. A bony nubbin on the skull, as in Teleoceras, implied the presence of a horn in life. The stout limb and body proportions of Teleoceras made it look somewhat like a hippopotamus.
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