This is one of the rarest Sirenian fossils we could ever offer. Even as our company is based in Florida and having the privilege of seeing the richest deposits of these creatures, this is the FIRST TIME we have ever encountered such a scientifically important and rare specimen as this. This is a complete intact parietal-supraoccipatal skull cap of an early dugong from the Eocene Period. The few rare instances that these fossils are found, usually, only isolated pieces of the skull are discovered, or isolated teeth. This is the most complete specimen we have seen ever offered in memory and it is complete enough to get a fantastic idea of just how small these creatures were. This was the very first emergence of the sea cow and therefore, it makes this also an incredibly rare and important specimen for a public museum exhibition on marine life of prehistory, especially emerging life-forms. NO REPAIR and NO RESTORATION.
Sirenians first appeared in the Eocene and eventually spread world-wide through various time periods mostly preferring warm water environments. Interestingly enough, Florida is the only area in the world that can boast of continual habitation of sirenians since the Eocene! Fossil remains in the state represent all known sea cow families that ever existed!
Due to the extreme buoyancy of the creature, sea cows have very dense bones that lack marrow cavities or spongy internal structure. This allows their skeletons to act as ballast thereby offsetting their buoyant body mass. They are exclusively herbivores and are highly docile creatures allowing human contact in the wild.
ULTRA-RARE SKULL OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN EXISTENCE OF THE DUGONG - AS COMPLETE AS YOU CAN EVER EXPECT!