Deer Jaw Fossil

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Description:


Common Name:  Deer Jaw Fossil
Genus/Species:  Odocoileus virginianus
Age:                     2.4 Million - 11,000 Years old
Period:                 Pleistocene
Formation:          Alachua
Location:             Taylor County, Florida, USA


This is a Fantastic Deer Fossil Jaw with 4 Teeth. These 4 detailed teeth are still in the brown-black jaw bone. Nice example of a Prehistoric Mammal Deer Jaw from the Ice Age of Florida. The jaw is mostly complete and has some natural pitting on the jaw bone. Beautiful teeth from a younger deer. No repairs or restorations. Actual Specimen Pictured & Guaranteed Authentic.


White-Tailed Deer fossils can be found in the late Pliocene and Pleistocene Deposits of Florida. They become especially abundant in the Late Pleistocene, after the Camels and other sizable Ungulates go extinct.

It is the same species of White-Tailed Deer that lives today, Odocoileus virginianus. It is also sometimes known as the Virginia deer. The only difference might be that a number of these Pleistocene Animals were larger in size.

Typically, these artiodactyls lived in woodland and wetland environments. As might be expected, they are quick runners that can reach speeds of 35-40 Mph. Social by nature and cautious, they often move at dusk, night and in the early morning hours. These Prehistoric Deer fed on leaves and twigs of various types, while also eating acorns and grasses.

Many of the antlers shed by the males have become, at times, fossilized. Along with teeth, jaws, toe bones, tibia, radius, scapula, astragalus and calcaneus.

Today, the males usually weigh 125-220 pounds (55-100 kg), but some can get much larger. The females weigh 90-125 pounds (40-55 kg), typically.

These fossil deer belong to a group called the Ruminantia, which include six families: Deer, Elk, and Moose; Musk Deer; Pronghorn; Mouse Deer; Giraffe and Okapi; Cattle, Goats, and Antelope.

Eocoileus Gentryorum was a primitive deer first discovered, in the Florida fossil record, from the early Pliocene Period and is around 5 Million Years old. Eight other genera of Odocoileus deer fossils show up during the Pleistocene Period and later, but only Odocoileus virginianus remains today.


Size:  1.30" W x 4.52" L x .54" Thickness



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Item #: D019  

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