Cainotherium Jaw Fragment - Oligocene Epoch - 33.9 to 23.03 MYA - France
Cainotherium Jaw Fragment - Oligocene Epoch - 33.9 to 23.03 MYA - France
Cainotherium Jaw Fragment - Oligocene Epoch - 33.9 to 23.03 MYA - France
Cainotherium Jaw Fragment - Oligocene Epoch - 33.9 to 23.03 MYA - France
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Cainotherium Jaw Fragment - Oligocene Epoch - 33.9 to 23.03 MYA - France
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Cainotherium Jaw Fragment - Oligocene Epoch - 33.9 to 23.03 MYA - France
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Cainotherium Jaw Fragment - Oligocene Epoch - 33.9 to 23.03 MYA - France
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Cainotherium Jaw Fragment - Oligocene Epoch - 33.9 to 23.03 MYA - France

Cainotherium Jaw Fragment

Oligocene Epoch, 33.9 to 23.03 MYA

Origin: France

Regular price
$36.00
Sale price
$36.00
Regular price
Sold out
Unit price
per 

Price includes display box, the item you receive will be of similar quality to the one shown above!

These tiny jaw fragments come from the rabbit sized herbivore known as Cainotherium, which lived approximately 30 million years ago. They were excavated in France, and feature intact teeth still attached!

Size: Approximately 0.5 inches long

What was Cainotherium?

Cainotherium Recreation

Image credit: Wikimedia.org

Cainotherium are an extinct genus of even-toed ungulates that lived from the Eocene to the early Miocene. These herbivores were about rabbit sized, and belonged to a suborder of Artiocactyl. Other even-toed ungluates include swine, camels, deer, and bovines, while odd toed ungulates include tapirs and rhinoceroses and famously gave rise to the modern horse.

Cainotherium's teeth shape suggest they had diets similar to that of rabbits. While their hooves are similar to deer, the length and shape of their limbs leads paleontologists to believe they moved by leaping like rabbits too. Judging by their  brain shape and developed ear bones, they likely had decent hearing and a great sense of smell too.

Each purchase includes a glass top display box and an informational card about the fossil.