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Maybe a baby platybelodon tooth?


Callistenes

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The seller sold several examples in the past. It comes from Guandgond (China). Thanks for your answers. Regards from Spain.

 

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Well...it definitely looks like one of the amebelodontids and, if it comes from China, it could easily be Platybelodon.  Based on size and wear (or lack of wear), it would not be unreasonable to think that it came from a juvenile animal.

 

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Nice samples of teeth could be found in the comprehensive guide of the Middle Miocene Platybelodon material from the Linxia Basin (famous for its abundance of fossils of Platybelodon), so here it is : The gomphotheriid mammal Platybelodon from the Middle Miocene of Linxia Basin, Gansu, China - SHIQI WANG, WEN HE, and SHANQIN CHEN.pdf

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So to ask the obvious,  are teeth excluded from the law of fossils banned from leaving China?  I see items on "our favorite auction site" quite often that just say fossil mammal tooth from China and they don't state from what creature.  Is there an age cut off or are the items in the listings going to basically get stopped at customs?

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Although I'm not a seller but I know that seller, I think, considering that they are undetermined/not labelled teeth specimens (no specific data), their paleontological value is not considered to be relevant, so could be passed and sold for educational purposes. (?)

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