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Hey everyone, I found this tooth in the spoil piles at the Aurora fossil museum in NC a few years ago. It's been sitting on my desk for a while and I haven't gotten around to getting it ID'd on the forum, but there's no time like the present. I have no idea what it could be from, maybe a pathological Carcharhinus or Physogaleus? The root is about 2.5 cm wide and the overall length (measured by the blade angle) is about 2 cm.
Hey everybody, prepare for a series of ID requests as I've had a number of fossils from my collection piling up on my desk waiting to be posted. Here's what I believe is an odontocete tooth from the spoil pits across the street from the aurora fossil museum. It appears to be pretty worn and only has a small patch of enamel left on the end. The piece is about 4 cm long from tip to tip.
Hi Guys, I'm looking at this tooth on an auction site and curious about the provenance. Sellers sometimes get their material from elsewhere , and the location information for them is murky, so nailing down the localities for SC and NC teeth is like ..... well, like pulling teeth really. This seller has said that this is an Auriculatus tooth from Lee Creek phosphate mine. Since I think the formation is too young for a ric, my assumption would be chubutensis. I have seen chub teeth from Lee Creek with very prominent cusps. Though this one doesn't seem right. The morphology of the tooth seems like it may be a SC/NC Angustidens ? I'm mainly looking at the slight re-curve beneath the cusps on the roots but I know that can't always be a good diagnostic tool. These are the only shots I have. Thanks, Brett PS. With the location in question I know that a positive ID is almost impossible but I thought I'd give it a shot. @sixgill pete