$215.00AARDVARK. Orycteropodidae. SKULL, 230mm/9.1in. Only living species. Central and lower Africa. Feeds on termites and ants. Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Tubulidentata Family: Orycteropodidae Genus: Orycteropus
The aardwolf is the smallest member of the hyena family Hyaenidae. Unlike its larger carnivorous and scavenging cousins, the aardwolf is an insectivore, existing mainly on termites. Externally, aardwolves resemble hyenas, but their skull characteristics and dentition are very different. This resident of Sub-Sahara Africa prefers open sandy plains and bush country.
*Specifications: Average Skull Length: 13.5cm (5.3in) Origin: Africa
Aegyptopithecus zeuxis., Aegyptopithecus zeuxis was discovered in Egypt in the early 1900’s. Aged at 33 million years old, Aegyptopithecus existed during the Oligocene epoch. At this time, the area now known as Egypt was a lush tropical forest. Based on dental and physiological morphology, it is believed that Aegyptopithecus was an arboreal species that fed on fruits and other soft plant parts in the treetops. This early primate, sometimes called the “Dawn Ape”, exhibited both ape and monkey characteristics and is thought to be the earliest known ancestor to the old world apes. Other Names: "Dawn Ape"
* Skull Length: 10 cm (3.9 in)
Civettictis civetta.,The African civet inhabits the savannahs and the forests of southern and central Africa. The African civet is omnivorous, consuming fruit, carrion, rodents, insects, eggs, reptiles, and birds. Civettictis civetta is predominately a nocturnal species, but is sometimes active in the morning or afternoon on cloudy days.
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Carnivora FAMILY: Viverridae Origin: Africa
* Skull Length: 17 cm (6.7 in)
Loxodonta Africana., The African Elephant is, as its name suggests, native to Africa. Elephants are the largest land mammals reaching a height of 400cm (13 feet) and a weight up to 7500kg (16,500 lbs.). Elephants are characterized by their long tusks, fan-like ears, and massive muscular trunk. Elephants use their large molars to eat a variety of grass, bark and leaves, as well as cultivated crops such as bananas and sugar cane.
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Proboscidea FAMILY: Elephantidae Origin: Africa
*Skull Length: 90 cm (35.4 in)
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Profelis aurata, This African species ranges through a variety of habitats from the dry savanna grasslands to the equatorial rainforest. This nocturnal carnivore feeds on many small invertebrates such as birds, rodents, hares and small monkeys. The African golden cat is very similar in appearance to the Asian golden cat, Felis temminicki. However, taxonomists now agree that these two species are only distantly related and have classified them in to two distinct genera. Their similarity, therefore, is most likely the result of convergent evolution in similar habitats and niches.
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Carnivora FAMILY: Felidae Origin: Africa Average
*Skull Length: 13 cm (5.1 in)
Tockus nasutus., is a member of the hornbill family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World. It is a widespread and common resident breeder in much of sub-Saharan Africa and into Arabia.
*Skull size 4.11inx1.5in.x 1.3in.
$139.00Spheniscus demersus, also known as the jackass penguin and black-footed penguin is a species of penguin, confined to southern African waters. Mesuremen 4.6in.2in. 2.1in.
Dasyprocta sp.,There are 11 species of agoutis native to the rainforests of Central and South America. Agoutis are a small to medium-sized rodents that feed on fruit, seeds and vegetation. Agoutis play a major role in rainforest ecology as a seed disperser and as a food source for predators such as ocelot, boa constrictors, caiman and humans.
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Rodentia FAMILY: Dasyproctidae Origin: South America
*Skull Length: 12 cm (4.7 in)
Ursus arctos.,Brown bears are found throughout Alaska except on the islands south of Frederick Sound in southeastern Alaska, the islands west of Unimak in the Aleutian Chain, and the islands of the Bering Sea.
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Carnivora FAMILY: Ursidae Origin: North America
*Skull measurement 17in.11in.8in.
The Yukon wolf (Canis lupus pambasileus), also known as the autocrat timber wolf or interior Alaskan wolf is a possible subspecies of gray wolf native to the Alaska Interior and Yukon, save for the tundra region of the Arctic Coast. It was first described as a distinct subspecies in 1905 by Daniel Elliot, who described it as being larger in skull and tooth proportions than C. l. occidentalis, and of ranging from black to white or a mix of both in color.
Order: Carnivora Family: Canidae Genus: Canis Species: C. lupus Subspecies: C. l. pambasileus.
*Skull Length 285mm/11.2in.
Atractosteus spatula.,This primitive ray-finned fish can be found in most of the southeastern United States. Unlike other species of gar, when mature an alligator gar possesses a dual row of teeth in the upper jaw.
*Specifications: CLASS: Osteichthyes ORDER: Lepisosteiformes FAMILY: Lepisosteidae Origin: North America
* Skull Length: 38.1 cm (15.0 in) Skull Width: 16.5 cm (6.5 in) Skull Height: 11.4 cm (4.5 in)
Inia geoffrensis.,The Amazon river dolphin, as its name would suggest, occurs throughout the Amazon and many of its tributaries. This species ranges in two color forms from gray to pink. Legends from local indigenous people hold the pink form of this species as sacred and often blame it for "immaculate" conceptions. Amazon dolphins are one of four species of fresh water dolphins found in the tropics of South America and Asia.
Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Iniidae Origin: South America
*Skull Length: 48 cm (18.9 in)
Taxidae taxus.,The American Badger is found primarily on the great plains of North America. One of the larger members of the Mustelidae family, the Badger tends to be a solitary animal. The badger is an excellent digger using its powerful forelimbs to tunnel rapidly through the soil.
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Carnivora FAMILY: Mustelidae Origin: North America Info About Tooth Count Diet: Carnivore
*Skull Length: 12.5 cm (4.9 in)
Castor canadensis.,The American beaver is the largest rodent found in North America. These aquatic herbivores make large dams of wood and mud to flood and create habitat. Using their large incisors, beavers can chew through the biggest trees. It is for this reason that the American beaver has become a nuisance in some areas where they are overpopulated.
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Rodentia FAMILY: Castoridae Origin: North America
*Skull Length: 14 cm (5.5 in)
Ursus americanus.,The American black bear is found in disjointed populations from Alaska to Mexico. Black bears are omnivorous feeding on plants, berries, insects, small vertebrates and carrion. Black bears grow to reach six feet tall and can weigh over 300 pounds. The American black bear is a skillful climber and can run up to 25 miles per hour.
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Carnivora FAMILY: Ursidae Origin: North America
* Skull Length: 28 cm (11.0 in)
Cervus canadensis, The American elk, also known as Wapiti after the Algonquin word for "white rump", is found through much of the western North America with scattered populations in the north and eastern. Elk are strict herbivores and will graze of grasses as well as browsing on shrubs and saplings. Once considered to be the same species as the European red deer, Cervus elaphus, the American elk is now recognized as its own unique species. Other Names: Wapiti
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Artiodactyla FAMILY: Cervidae Origin: North America
*Skull Length: 45.5 cm (17.9 in)
Alces alces, Moose, native to northern Eurasia and North America, are the largest members of the deer family Cervidae. Male moose, called bulls, are considerably larger than females and possess massive antlers that are used in sparing and mating battles. Like most deer species, females lack antlers. Moose are herbivores spending most of their time foraging for various plant parts such as nuts, leaves, bark, stems and berries. Other Names: Elk
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Artiodactyla FAMILY: Cervidae Origin: North America.
*Skull Length: 62 cm (24.4 in)
Ochotona collaris,The pika is a member of the Order Lagomorpha which includes all rabbits and hares. Pika are highly social and vocal compared with the other lagomorphs. The herbivorous pika lives in colonies where they store cut grasses for winter. This diurnal species is found dwelling among rocky outcrops and in rock slides within mountain ranges. Other Names: "Rock Rabbit"
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Lagomorpha FAMILY: Ochotonidae Origin: North America
*Skull Length: 5 cm (2.0 in)
Antilocarpra americana.,The Pronghorn is sometimes considered a living fossil. It shows many primitive traits. Perhaps the most obvious primitive attribute is in that pronghorns shed their horns yearly just like a deer. It is the only living horned animal that does this. Other Names: "Prong Buck", "Pronghorn Antelope"
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Artiodactyla FAMILY: Antilocapridae Origin: North America.
*Skull Length: 27 cm (10.6 in) Horn Length: 7.9.
Lontra canadensis.,This species is often referred to as "playful". River otters can be found in and near fresh water rivers and lakes. Otters range throughout much of the northern US and Canada as well as the southeast US.
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Carnivora FAMILY: Mustelidae Origin: North America.
Skull Legth 115mm/4.5in.
Archaeopteryx lithographica.,Archaeopteryx, sometimes referred to by its German name Urvogel ("original bird" or "first bird"), is the earliest and most primitive bird known. The name is from the Ancient Greek meaning "feather" or "wing". Archaeopteryx lived in the late Jurassic Period around 150–145 million years ago, in what is now southern Germany during a time when Europe was an archipelago of islands in a shallow warm tropical sea, much closer to the equator than it is now. Similar in size and shape to a European Magpie, Archaeopteryx could grow to about 0.5 metres (1.6 ft) in length. Despite its small size, broad wings, and inferred ability to fly or glide, Archaeopteryx has more in common with small theropod dinosaurs than it does with modern birds. In particular, it shares the following features with the deinonychosaurs (dromaeosaurs and troodontids): jaws with sharp teeth, three fingers with claws, a long bony tail, hyperextensible second toes ("killing claw"), feathers (which also suggest homeothermy), and various skeletal features. The features above make Archaeopteryx the first clear candidate for a transitional fossil between dinosaurs and birds. Thus, Archaeopteryx plays an important role not only in the study of the origin of birds but in the study of dinosaurs. The first complete specimen of Archaeopteryx was announced in 1861, only two years after Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, and it became a key piece of evidence in the debate over evolution. Over the years, nine more fossils of Archaeopteryx have surfaced. Despite variation among these fossils, most experts regard all the remains that have been discovered as belonging to a single species, though this is still debated. Many of these eleven fossils include impressions of feathers—among the oldest (if not the oldest) direct evidence of feathers. Moreover, because these feathers are an advanced form (flight feathers), these fossils are evidence that feathers had been evolving for quite some time.
*Specifications: CLASS: Aves ORDER: Archaeopterygiformes FAMILY: Archaeopterygidae Origin: Solnhofen, Germany *
Skull Length: 5 cm (2.0 in)
Scientific Name: Archaeotherium mortoni
Location: South Dakota USA
Formation: White River
Age: Oligocene, 35 MYA
24″L x16″ W
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Nandinia binotata.,The Asian palm civet ranges in Southeast Asia from Kashmir and southern China to the Philippine and Sundas Islands. This small carnivore is a member of the Viverridae family. The Asian palm civet inhabits tropical rainforests where it forages for food at night. This species is known to feed on berries, fruits, small vertebrates and insects.
*Specifications: CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Carnivora FAMILY: Viverridae Origin: Asia.
*Skull Length: 9.7 cm (3.8 in)