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Rhynchotherium Skull On Display May Be The Most Complete Specimen Yet.
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Rhynchotherium Skull On Display May Be The Most Complete Specimen Yet.

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum has recently put on exhibition a rhynchotherium specimen that will allow visitors and guests a first-hand look at one of the most complete displays of this prehistoric creature.

The Joshua Reid Anderson Foundation donated the rhynchotherium skull for display in the Museum's Prehistoric Mammal Gallery, later granting an additional donation that allowed the Museum to restore the skull to its current state.

The rynchotherium is an extinct member of the proboscidea (elephant) family that was found within the North America and Central America areas during the Miocene and Pliocene periods, with the species living for approximately ten million years.  The Museum's specimen was discovered in Arizona, and dating the skull shows this particular creature to have been in existence three million years ago.

In 1990, Dr. Wade Miller of Brigham Young University wrote a scientific paper about the four tusked elephant, using the specimen currently on display at the Museum for his research. Several paleontologists have also recently visited the Museum in order to study this very rare specimen, which may be one of the best representations of this extinct mammal to exist.

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