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Purple Fossil Tooth Found On Beach. Which Fish And How Old I Wonder?

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jessie1984

Wondering what Sea animal this Purple tooth came from?.

I found on tide line close to recent excavations in bay area today.

Please help me identify. Thanks.

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Fossildude19

Sorry, not a tooth.

Looks to be a broken edge of an oyster or bivalve shell.

I see no evidence of enamel, and the shape is wrong for a tooth.

I do see concentric looking growth lines, consistent with bivalve shell.

Regards,

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Scylla

I can see why you would think it was tooth, but I must agree with Tim, it seems to be a bit of shell. When you say "bay area" you don't mean San Francisco do you?

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Batty

I can see why you would think it was tooth, but I must agree with Tim, it seems to be a bit of shell. When you say "bay area" you don't mean San Francisco do you?

Scylla she's in Queensland Australia lol, and being purple shell it could be the end of a mussel shell.

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Scylla

I saw that she was in Australia, that's why I said "don't". Reminds me of a FOTC song "Jenny"

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Taogan

Looks like a piece of shell to me as well, the colour is the clincher, you say purple and that is a more common colour in shells than teeth

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jessie1984

Just to let the amateurs know. IT IS A TOOTH just want know what kind.

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Auspex

I concur with the others that it is a fragment of a shell.

The layered growth lines are a give away:

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If you cannot accept this on our word, please take it to a museum and ask a professional to look at it.

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Kman100

The amateurs you speak of have between 3,000 and 20,000 posts each...

If you post a clearer picture we can be more sure.

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Auspex

The amateurs you speak of have between 3,000 and 20,000 posts each...

Which doesn't mean we're not amateurs, but we have seen a lot of teeth, and shells.

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jessie1984

Well you are not an expert on this I would have to say. I will upload more pictures soon to see better.

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Auspex

'Scuze me?

In civil circles, it is considered polite to respond graciously to solicited help, even when you might not find the results helpful.

Unless I have misunderstood you, I doubt that anyone will volunteer their time to assist you further, better photos or not!

Crikey! :shake head:

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Fossildude19

My mother once taught me that if I had nothing nice to say, ... say nothing. :)

Regards,

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Cole

I've not had time to read the other responses but at first glance, and by your very own description I would suggest that perhaps this is some type of mussel or some other type of shell.

Cheers,

Cole~

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jessie1984

Thanks Cole. As to all rest of you I Don't care WHAT YA MUM TAUGHT U OKAY. Obviously u take the time to enjoy speaking sh** having that many post. ha ha I only wanted an answer not a convo. laters people, this is useless anyways..CRIKEY.

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jessie1984

AND WHEN I DO FIND OUT I WILL HAPPILY LET YOU KNOW.....

CHEERS.

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Cole

Before taking it to a museum, perhaps bring it in to class for show and tell. Because if your attitude in the museum is anything like it has been here, you will not be welcome to return. I'm sure of it.

Best of luck,

Cole~

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Fossildude19

Sorry you feel that way.

My answer was given to you, and you dismissed it.

As you did with the other 5 member's answers.

Obviously, you feel it is a tooth, and that's fine.

I hope you do come back, and let us know what it came from.

Good luck in your pursuit of your ID. :)

Regards,

Edited by Fossildude19

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Coco

Hi,

I didn't intervene to there, but from your first pic (poor quality, it is necessary to say it), I think that it is about a piece of balane. Lines that Auspex shows move in this direction. Sorry, it isn't a tooth !

And please, stop writting in capital letters, it means that you shout, and there isn't reason here. Thank you also to respect qualified people who take time to answer you ! If their (and mine) opinion isn't what you believe, it isn't of their fault ! Blimey !

Coco

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Fossildude19

Hi,

I didn't intervene to there, but from your first pic (poor quality, it is necessary to say it), I think that it is about a piece of balane. Lines that Auspex shows move in this direction. Sorry, it isn't a tooth !

And please, stop writting in capital letters, it means that you shout, and there isn't reason here. Thank you also to respect qualified people who take time to answer you ! If their (and mine) opinion isn't what you believe, it isn't of their fault ! Blimey !

Coco

Coco,

I hadn't considered barnacle, but that would make sense with the shape as well. :)

Thanks for your input.

Regards,

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Auspex

The topic starter has repeatedly crossed the line separating civil discourse from insult. We wish her well, but her short time as a member is over.

I agree with Coco that the purported tooth is likely part of a barnacle.

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Pagurus
Today I found a purple tooth

I know I'm never wrong

Oh wait, it's just a barnacle?

I knew it all along.

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painshill
Today I found a purple tooth
I know I'm never wrong
Oh wait, it's just a barnacle?
I knew it all along.

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Coco

Pagurus, I am going to continue to vote for you ! haha-rire-395.gif00102.gif

Coco

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Pagurus

Thanks, Coco (Painshill too). I have to admit I had to look up "MDR". Thanks to you I learned it is an abbreviation of "mort de rire", or "dying of laughter". I learn so much on this forum every day. Thanks to our moderators, the Fossil Forum remains one of the most friendly and informative sites on the internet.

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