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Hi everyone, Last month, as I stayed a weekend at my grandparent's house, we decided to go to the Banjaard beach for some fossil hunting. I had asked Bram Langeveld (Natuurhistorisch Rotterdam) and Ronald Pouwer (Naturalis) which one of the "Zeeuwse stranden" (beaches of Zeeland, a province in the south-west Netherlands) was currently the best to hunt at. Both said that they were hearing some good stuff about the Banjaard beach recently, which has mainly Pleistocene fossils (including Eemian shells). Seeing that I can also find Eemian shells and other Pleistocene stuff at the Zandmotor, my usual hunting spot, I was a little reluctant at first, but still ended up going there. Good thing I did, because it was a rather successful hunt! The weather was really nice, bright blue skies and fresh (but not cold) temperatures.
Hi all, When I saw this specimen on the beach of Banjaard (in Zeeland, Netherlands), I picked it up thinking it was just a small piece of bone with a weird shape. But now that I've been looking at it more closely I am almost completely convinced that it is in fact a worn out tooth from some kind of mammal (perhaps dolphin or seal?). There are some small bits of enamel left on the (thinner; right side on the first photos) tip of the tooth. The Banjaard beach has mostly Pleistocene stuff, but older things can wash up occasionally (the same day I found a Pliocene and an Eocene shell, so there's a real mix of stuff). So this tooth has a possible age of pretty much the whole Neogene. I tried to capture the enamel bits on camera but it's pretty difficult. This is my best attempt, hopefully it is good enough to see the separation between normal bone and enamel. Do you guys think it is possible to say anything more about this little fossil? Thanks in advance, Max