Hoplophoneus Primaevus, Oligocene Saber Toothed Cat
A Hoplophoneus Primaevus is a prehistoric nimravid commonly referred to as a saber cat from the Oligocene epoch. This specimen was recovered in Nebraska back in 2009 after some heavy rains. The sediment it was in was super hard so it took three days of decent digging and a broken knife to get it out of the ground in a jacket and back to the car. I have to admit I was getting a little worried at first when I had only come across the one lower jaw, ribs and leg bones. It wasn't until the beginning of the third day that I saw the orbital ridge and a huge carnassial which finally verified I had the skull wish I had pictures of that.