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fossilsonwheels

I recently got this unusual, at least to me, marine mammal tooth. I am pretty sure it’s Pinniped but beyond that I’m not sure. Marine mammal fossils are not something I have a great deal of knowledge about. 

I suspect it could possibly belong to an Odobenid as opposed to Allodesmus. I have never had any teeth from the STH Walruses in my collection so I’m going solely off some research I did. It’s a really cool tooth whatever critter it belonged to. 

 

Any thoughts ?? 

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hemipristis

looks like pinniped to me, but their not my speciality

 

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Certainly an anterior premolar of a small odobenid or otariid pinniped. Better photos are needed, but possibilities include Neotherium and the fur seal I named from the Topanga Fm., Eotaria crypta - not yet identified from STH, but it should be there (some possible fur seal/otariid teeth are present in museum collections).

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fossilsonwheels

Thanks @Boesse. That is very interesting. I’ll get some pictures tomorrow. 

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