FOSSIL HIGHLIGHT OF FRONTIER COUNTY, NEBRASKA
Aphelops was one of the largest of the many species of rhinoceros that have lived in Nebraska. Huge tusks in the lower jaw (left) may have been used for defense or for ritual fighting with other members of its species. The tall vault to the back of the skull, modified for the attachment of strong muscles extending from the neck, give the skull the unusual saddle-shape typical of this rhinoceros. "Rhinoceros" means "nose-horn", but not all rhinos had horns. Lack of a horn gave this rhino its name!
Scientific
Name
Aphelops "kimballensis"
Common
Name
Smooth-faced rhino from Kimball
Family
Rhinocerotidae
Geologic
Age
Late Miocene (Late Hemphillian)
About 7.5 million years old
Collected
1947
Notes
Type Specimen