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Saadanius hijazensis Cranium SGS-UM 2009-002
BH-043 $165.00

28-29 MYA. The partial cranium of a fossil primate Saadanius hijazensis was discovered by paleontologist Iyad Zalmout in 2009 in the Shumaysi Formation in the Al Hijaz province in western Saudi Arabia and was excavated by a joint Saudi Geological Survey and University of Michigan team. Analysis indicates that it was an adult male of medium size, weighing about 33-44 lbs. Zalmout and colleagues (2010) place the fossil within the Catarrhini (the group comprising both cercopithecoids-Old World monkeys and apes) and differentiate it from other Oligocene Afro-Arabian finds with the designation of a new superfamily. While primitive catarrhine features predominate the cranium, the presence of a tubular ectotympanic-a bony ear tube- led Zalmout et al. to consider this an advanced stem catarrhine, suggesting closer ancestral tries to crown (extant) forms. Saadanius is also significant as it helps to fill a gap in the fossil record between 23-30 mya, which is the time during which Old World monkeys and apes diverged. As such, this find may be important to debates concerning both the features that characterized the last common ancestor of Old World monkeys and apes (the presence of a longer monkey-like versus shorter ape-like faces) and the timing of the split between the two (after 29 mya). Bone Clones© recreated this partial cranium based on the latest literature, including descriptions, measurements and photographs. The Bone Clones® Hominid line is composed of discoveries from anatomically modern humans, archaic humans, early Homo, early hominins, and other hominids. The majority of the casts in this line have been recreated by our team of anatomical sculptors. Some are reconstructions made by anthropology professionals using fragmentary elements from original discoveries and extrapolating the missing parts from those (i.e. Neanderthal skeleton). Custom display stand available below.

Zalmout, I.S. et al. 2010. New Oligocene primate from Saudi Arabia and the divergence of apes and Old World Monkeys. Nature 466,7304:360-364.

Scientific Name Catalogue # Size Price
Saadanius hijazensis BH-043 3 ½" L x 2 ½" W x 4 ½" H  8.8L x 6.3W x 11.5H (cm) $165.00
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Shown here is a typical stand having a metal base and rod with a resin cradle, coated with thin rubber to prevent scratching and damage to paint on skull. Please note that the cradle is custom-made for each different specimen. Color and shape may vary from the sample shown.

Scientific Name Catalogue # Size Price
Display Stand S-BH-043 3" Wide, 4" Long $42.00

Bone Clones® bag for skulls and skeletal parts, useful for carrying and storing any number of Bone Clones® products. Its roomy 12" x 18" size makes it suitable for most human, hominid, and primate skulls, as well as many other medium-sized Bone Clones®. You can even use it for transporting your natural bone skulls. The soft grey flannel offers gentle protection and the sturdy braided cord provides a secure closure. If you're unsure whether a certain product will fit, feel free to contact us to check.

Catalogue # Size Price
BA-100 12" W x 18" L $12.50
TOTAL 165.00
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