INTACT PLEISTOCENE FOSSIL RACCOON BACULUM -
St. Mary's River, Georgia, U.S.A.
PERIOD: 1.8 million - 10,000 years ago
This is a rare, remarkably well
preserved baculum (penis bone) of a Pleistocene Raccoon, Procyon lotor.
Most often found in fossil deposits as fragments, we are pleased to be able
to offer an intact specimen for the advanced collector.
NO REPAIR NOR RESTORATION.
male mammals have a baculum or
penis bone that aids in reproduction. Primates even have them but they are
lacking in humans. Throughout many cultures, the penis bone has been used
in rituals and is believed to possess the power and virility of the animal
in which it once belonged.
raccoon is today found in the Americas. Fossil deposits of both the
Pliocene and Pleistocene have included remains. Raccoons belong to the
genus Procyon and are members of the Procyonidae family. They are
nocturnal and are omnivores, eating a variety of vertebrates, invertebrates
and plant material. The forepaws of raccoons include a hand with a
thumb. This thumb is not opposable like humans but it still enables
the raccoon to open many closed containers and doors. Raccoons are
highly intelligent creatures.
DUE TO ITS FRAGILE NATURE, AN INTACT FOSSIL BACULUM IS RARE IN
THE FOSSIL RECORD!
3.1" in length
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