Titanothere skull replica – Brontotherium cast replica.
The Brontotherium or Bronthere was genus of rhino species known as Brontops,
This cast is made of strong resin and can endure rough handling.
It is an impressive full size replica 100% complete, with rudimentary "horn" cores evident. The finely detailed skull is 29 inches long and weighs about 20 pounds. The cranium is hollow. The jaw is separate and is moveable. All the teeth are present and complete.
This complete Brontotherium (Leidy) skull represents a primitive low horned stage Titanothere from the lower Oligocene of North America. The mode of feeding and the food of the broad-headed and long-headed Brontotherium can not be inferred with certainty, because their dentition differs considerably from that of any modern animal. The grinding teeth were perfectly adapted to a combination of cutting and crushing food. This adaptation implies a choice of succulent food consisting of relatively coarse leaves, grasses, buds, twigs, roots, and tubers such as would be found in the forest and stream habitats.
Dimensions of the fossil skull replica - 24" long x 13" wide.
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Titanotheres appeared as the dominant animals that existed throughout a long and very interesting epoch in geologic history. The Titanothere skulls were highly modified over time and space. Titanotheres appeared in the fossil record very soon after the C-T (Cretaceous-Tertiary) extinction of the dinosaurs. The Titanothere family is known from its earliest beginnings in Wind River Mountains of Wyoming in the first third of the Tertiary period. The earliest Eocene Titanotheres did not have horns used as offense and defense. In the Titanotheres we see the growth of a great and vigorous family tree, giving off numerous branches (phyla), which diverge in characters and habits while retaining hereditary resemblances and tendencies of transformation.
The so-called horns of the Titanotheres arise as rectigradations. They consist of osseous protuberances of the skull above the eyes, where the frontals overlap the nasal bones. In life they were probably covered with tough skin rather than with horns.