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Jones1rocks

I'm not having much luck in trying to identify this fossil tooth, by attempting to find similar images of tooth pattern and size. I have no information on where it was found, and the label only read "Fossil Tooth". The roots are large, and show some kind of apparent secondary mineral growth which gives them an abnormally rough appearance. The enameled crown measures 2.75" x 1.40", and the height when upright measures 3". There is loose, but trapped, bone, visible in one of the pictures, between four of the roots. If anyone has any suggestions, or recognizes the tooth, it would be appreciated greatly!

Paul

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Harry Pristis

The tooth has an uncanny resemblance to an extremely-worn Equus horse m3; but, at 2.75" x 140", it is way too big to be Equus.

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RichW9090

I agree with Harry. Horse was my first impression until considering the size. I think it is too big to be a bison, and as it appears to have a robust internal stylid, it can't be a camel. Perhaps an anthracothere? Entelodont? etc?

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Jones1rocks

Thank you gentlemen for responding. It has helped me realize the breadth of possibilities! A few more photos--

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Jones1rocks

I failed to mention before that the tooth was highly fluorescent as well. And for comparison, here is a picture of the tooth with my hand directly behind.

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