Common Name: Three-Toed Fossil Horse Tooth
Genus/Species: Parahippus leonensis
Age: 18-19 Million Years Old
Location: Dixie County, Florida, USA
This is a fantastic and Rare Horse Tooth Upper Fossil or Upper Molar Fossil with outstanding roots. It is from the medium dog-size Horse "Parahippus leonensis" species. The Miocene Period in Florida, was a time with the greatest diversity of horses. Commonly preyed upon by Bear-Dogs, many fossil specimens of this horse have bite marks on them. Exceptional complete upper tooth with roots and terrific enamel. Fine example of a Parahippus leonensis upper tooth with no repairs. Terrific rare collection piece. Actual Specimen Pictured & Guaranteed Authentic.
Parahippus leonensis species was an extinct Three-Toed Horse that was about the size of a medium dog and a relative of the modern horse. Estimated to have had an average lifespan of 9 years and weighing in at 160lbs. (72.5kg). It dates back 18 Million Years ago (Middle Hemingfordian) and is from the early Miocene of Florida.
Parahippus means “side horse”. They have three toes and the side toes are less prominent. It is one of the many Miocene land mammals of Florida and was common food for the Bear-Dog carnivores.
This primitive horse had medium height teeth, was a low-crowned browser, and ate a wide range of grasses and leaves.
Parahippus leonensis is the most commonly found horse fossil at the Thomas Farm Miocene site, in Florida, and may be the missing link between the old Forest-dwelling horses and the modern plains-dwelling horses.
3 Toed horses go extinct about 2.1 Million Years ago.
Size: .70" W x .74" L x .74" Thickness
Item #: PH015
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