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Fossileye

Hello all!  I am a new member and this is my first post.  I found this piece snorkeling in near shore waters of the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida.  Could it be a mammoth tooth fragment?

 

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Fossileye

Thank you for the feedback.  I have a follow up question.  I understand that it is possible that this fossil will break down and I could treat it with consoildants.  It seems very hard and is not flaking which makes me think it may not be necessary.  But as a newbie I would appreciate any member advice about this.

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Harry Pristis

 

If you value a vertebrate fossil (I exclude shark teeth here) -- and you want it to last -- consolidate it with a plastic.

You cannot reliably judge by eye what will happen to the bone after 2 years, or 5 years, or 15 years in your drawer. Bones with which you could drive nails when first collected may split after years in your drawer. Teeth, when thoroughly dry, may split. These splits cannot be repaired to the original condition because of distortion to the bone or dentin or cementum.

This may happen to any bone, so, if you're going to keep the bone, play the probabilities. Consolidate! Impregnation with plastic will prevent many later headaches (I'm not telling you to soak your head in consolidant). I am saying that there is nothing more disheartening than to open a drawer and to find a prize specimen tooth split in two.

Trust the decades of museum experience.

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