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Levin Fossil Collection

Megatapirus tapiriscus Molar

This Tapir tooth fossil was found by a local archeologist around the Sangiran Dome area in central Java, Indonesia. It was found in the "Kabuh" layer, estimated about 1 million - 700,000 years old.

Porpoise Vertebral Disc

Porpoise vertebral terminal disc, Miocene Period. From Calvert County, Maryland.

Mammoth Rib

This is the 2nd or 3rd thoracic rib of a Mammoth and measures 22 inches long and dates late Pleistocene. This was found northeast of Smith Center, Kansas on September 1, 1999. Across the road in the opposite ditch I also found an ulna. This site is causing wide attention in the paleontological world as a very prolific site for rodent fossils. Seems to be similar to the Meade exposure in southwest Kansas. The invertebrates found at this site indicate the weather was different in northern Kansas as compared to the southwest part of Kansas. More information concerning the rodent fossils can be found on page 32 of Volume 19, Supplement to Number 3, 14 September 1999, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Abstracts of Papers, page 32. The article is New Late Pleistocene Local Fauna from North Central Kansas. Bever, G. S., Zakrzewski, R. J., Dept. of Geosciences & Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Ks. 67601: Levin, R. L., 117 Ewing St. Smith Center, Kansas 66967.

Apateodus tooth

This Apateodus (fish) tooth is from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) Kursk region of Russia. The crown is 3/4 of an inch tall (total height is 1 1/4 inches) and the root/jaw is 3/4 of an inch wide.

Apsopelix agilis, fish

This is a fish from the Upper Cretaceous of Phillips County, Kansas. It was first described by Cope in 1871. It is also known by at least five other names, Helmintholepis, Leptichthys, Palaeoclupea, Pelecorapis, and Syllaemus. It's a middle sized fish with a slender shape. The head is long and shallow, with a pointed snout, and small eyes. The scales are rhombic. It's geographical distribution was Europe, and North America. These fish probably "schooled" in large groups. This genus is extinct, but may be related to the Tarpons living today. Acquired through the courtesy of Jan Jacobs, and Gale Ewing both employees of the Phillips County Road Dept. Found while grinding shale for road construction near Speed, Phillips County, Kansas. The fish shown is 6.5 inches long. It was discovered June 28, 1999.