Fine Raccoon Fossil Skull from Bonner Springs

Procyon lotor (Raccoon Skull Fossil)

Phylum Chordata; Class Mammalia; Order Carnivora; Family Procyonidae

Geological Time: Holocene to Pleistocene

Size: Skull: 115 mm long, 70 mm high, 65 mm across

Fossil Site: Bonner Springs, Kansas

Raccoon Mammal FossilThis skull comes from the Raccoon known as Procyon lotor, the same species as is extant today. Raccoons are well recognized today based upon their black-masked faces, looking for all the world like some nocturnal bandit. They are typically found near water to which they require ready access. This skull comes from a series of river terrace deposits near Bonner Springs, Kansas. RaccoonThese specimens are found as drifts on the river banks and sand bars, and as such have possibly been reworked from older deposits. They are found in association with bison, mammoths, mastodons, muskoxen, deer, peccary, short-faced bears, and others. Most of them have been dated as Rancholabrean Stage in age, and are so about 10,000 years old. Specimens of bison have ranged from 8,000 to 35,000 years in age which provides a viable estimate of the age. It is fully articulated, and a dramatic display or study specimen.

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