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Possible Carnivore Tooth?


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I'm sorry that I skipped the introduction thread, but I wanted to post this in the appropriate area. I am an amateur arrowhead/artifact hunter that just got back into searching after taking a break from it for about 25 years. I am visiting family in San Antonio, Texas and recently while jogging, I saw some flint chips and eventually found a piece identified as a unifacial scraper This restored my interest in searching for more things. Today I went into an adjacent neighborhood where new construction is going on to see if I could find any any other artifacts, and I found what appears to be a large tooth of a carnivore. I do not know the correct terminology as to the layer it was found or what not, but I did include photos of where it was found.

The piece measures 3.9 inches in length and approx. 1.6 inches at its widest part. I kept it because the point was a bit more exposed and covered in less sediment than the rest of the "tooth". There were other curious pieces that I dug out close to this piece that I kept also, but nothing looked like an obvious bone or tooth like this one.

If I am completely off base, I just need to know. Thanks for taking a look, and spending some time on an amateur like me.post-16323-0-75031200-1409159483_thumb.jpgpost-16323-0-46510000-1409159485_thumb.jpgpost-16323-0-10834200-1409159488_thumb.jpgpost-16323-0-44000300-1409159508_thumb.jpg

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Fossildude19

I wouldn't say tooth, only because I don't see any enamel, or root.

Couldn't say what else it could be though.

Hopefully others will weigh in.

Regards,

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Hi Paleo-eater welcome to the forum. I also do not see a tooth. May just be geologic. Any possibility of carefully trying to clean it up to help others see it better.

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Goat horn? I agree to clean it up.

Does that tip look "worked" to you?

I got a shipment of metal objects found in europe and one of the objects was a coin from about 100 B.C. that had been made into a denticulated scraper. It was from a tribe that still used stone tools, and one of them decided they liked the coin better as a scraper than as a coin. :D

Maybe that is a worked object.

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Fossildude19

Does it have a hollow center?

Are there any caves nearby?

Looks a bit like flowstone,... maybe a stalagtite or stalamite?

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San Antonio is at the edge of the Edwards Plateau, an extensively karstic region. Some of the forms that the limestone there can assume are a real trip :)

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I realized I did not show this front side clearly in my first set of pics. I thought the top part may be remnants of a root. It is covered in sediment so it is hard to tell if it has been worked. I will carefully try to clean it up as best as possible to see if that helps to discern what this is. I thought that removing the attached sediment might remove some kind of identifying property. Thanks for weighing in on it. I will post pics after cleaning it up.

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Does it have a hollow center?

Are there any caves nearby?

Looks a bit like flowstone,... maybe a stalagtite or stalamite?

Regards,

No hollow center and there are not any caves close by that I am aware of.

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We are all crossing our fingers for you...Mother Nature can be a sly fox when she wants to.

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fossilized6s

Given the circular piece in the top, it's suggestive of a burrow.

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I think it is a chert nodule in limestone; the area is full of this stuff/ ;)

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We are all crossing our fingers for you...Mother Nature can be a sly fox when she wants to.

Thanks. Probably was spending too much time in the sun on an empty stomach!

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Well I cleaned it up as best as possible, and I think maybe the San Antonio heat was making me see things! 2 days ago I found a Caprinid fossil (pic below) that helped fuel my imagination that I found something again. Thanks for lending your expertise, and helping to bring me back down to Earth.

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There are caves near the San Antonio area. Natural Bridge Caverns is one place that people can visit. Then there is Inner Space Caverns near Austin. There are all the caverns that are on private property or still undiscovered.

As for the item in question: either geologic or it could be a rudist.

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I agree that it is likely another rudist fragment.

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