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INTACT PLEISTOCENE FOSSIL RACCOON BACULUM - St. Mary's River, Georgia, U.S.A.

PLEISTOCENE 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.

Many species of 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.

The 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

$115     LM55-001     INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX     Actual Item - One Only

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