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I have recently been blessed to acquire some excellent Shark Tooth Hill (STH) marine mammal teeth. Not totally happy on not knowing what exactly I have, I am reaching out to STH experts to enhance my knowledge and understanding (but mostly to identify these fossil). One TFF member who has extensive knowledge of STH is @ynot because he sent me matrix and micros from STH. So, Tony please invite other STH enthusiasts to assist here. After spending time looking at the Pinnipeds: Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses teeth, both fossil and modern, I am confused about a lot of things: Here is one of my teeth to ID: Seems easy, 25 mm Seal molar.... or is it ? On a $$ForSale website , I see this STH Sea Lion tooth -- molar ? that at 1.25 inches looks the same.. So do Seals and Sea Lions have the same/similar teeth only larger? Here are 3 teeth where I would be pleased with confirmation, identification, alternate possibilities. Is this incisor an incisor or a molar ? Is it the approximate size of a seal incisor? A harbor seal's incisors for comparison. Here are the canines of a Weddell Seal... At 38 mm, Can this canine be Seal, maybe lower jaw.... Lots of questions, Hopefully will trigger a good discussion.. Jack
One week and counting until the Shark Tooth Hill public Paleo dig with Buena Vista Museum. Come join us launch the new year as we hunt middle Miocene. Registration can be found on the BVM website - www.sharktoothhill.org January 17th, 18th, 19th If you can make it this month they are having another public dig February 21st, 22nd, 23rd. Below are some finds over the past few years to wet your whistle. Whats on your Miocene wish list this year? - James