FOSSIL HIGHLIGHT OF SIOUX COUNTY, NEBRASKA
Scientific
Name
Dinohyus hollandi
Common
Name
"Holland's terrible hog"
Family
Entelodontidae
Geologic
Age
Miocene
About 19 million years old
Collected
1908
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Special Feature on Dinohyus
Henry Reider, State Museum preparator from 1928 to 1964, finishes the mount of Dinohyus hollandi from Agate Fossils Beds which he installed in Morrill Hall in 1929. Dinohyus is an artiodactyl (even-toed hoofed-mammal), a group that includes bison, camels, goats and pigs. Because this animal had generalized, pig-like teeth, early paleontologists believed it was related to pigs. Because of its size and fierce appearance, the name they gave it was "terrible hog"...or, in Latin, Dinohyus. We now know that it really wasn't a pig!