Titanothere Brontotherium Megacerops
Brontotherium Track *Shows Pad Marks!
We at Taylor Made Fossils love Brontotherium, so we were excited to come across two extremely rare footprints for sale.
Here's what we know:
"You just never know when or where you will stumble on to a great find...
Years ago, a great guy, and a friend of mine, (Ernie Shirley ), took the journey into the great beyond that we all sooner or later will take. He had run a rock shop in Hanksville, Utah, for what seemed like forever, (50 years or so). A few months after his death, the family had an auction for the tons and tons of materials that he had purchased and collected over the years since he started. (WWII). After the auction, I noticed a bunch of buckets that the auctioneer had left out. When I inquired about them, he told me there was nothing of value, and if I wanted, I could give him $x for the lot. Litlle did I know how much there was there...I made 4 truckloads back and forth to my home, over 100 miles away. A couple of these, and some other tracks were in some of the buckets. After a lot of research, I have come to the conclusion they are Brontotherium tracks from the Eocene period. Most likely from the Green River Formations. Too bad there were only 2 of these that were genuinely great tracks."
The track measures 5" long and 4 1/2" in width.
This track has 3 toes........IT SHOWS THE PAD MARKS!
Original fossil tracks like these can easily fetch $600 or more.
Brontotheriidae, also called Titanotheriidae, is a family of extinct mammals belonging to the order Perissodactyla, the order that includes horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs. Superficially they looked rather like rhinos, although they were not true rhinos and are probably most closely related to horses. They lived until the very close of the Eocene.