Hyaenodons were widespread at the time of their existence, with species found in Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. Hyaenodon gigas, one of the largest species, was found in Mongolia and lived during the Oligocene Epoch. Hyaenodon could grow to ten feet long and five feet at the shoulder, and could weigh over 1,000 lbs.
The fearsome looking Hyaenodons were the top predators of their day, reigning for over 25 million years from the Eocene to the Miocene epochs. Though their name references the hyena, the two animals are not closely related to each other. Hyaenodons looked like and behaved in a manner more akin to modern day wolves.
Scientific Name: Hyaenodon (“Hyena Tooth”) gigas
Characteristics: This prowling Hyaenodon gigas figure is opening its mouth wide to show off its namesake teeth. The figure is individually hand-painted and sculpted in intricate, scientifically accurate detail, right down to the inside of its gaping mouth. But don’t be scared of its snarl, it won’t bite!
Size and Color: This figure is 6 ¾ inches long and 3 inches tall, or a bit larger than a soda can on its side. Its coat is brown above, fading to white below, with black stripes on its back, tail and legs. Its muzzle and feet are also black, and the inside of its wide open mouth is pink.
- The Hyaenodon gigas is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection.
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