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Found this mammal tooth in Hogtown Creek in Gainesville. Any ideas? Could it be a horse tooth? It doesn't quite look like one...

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Shellseeker

NOT Horse;  Bos (Modern cow) or Bison fossil.  If you had the whole tooth you would not  likely be able to differentiate -- they are that close. Your only choice is to try the burn test to prove it to be fossil.

http://www.myfossil.org/featured-fossil-ancient-bison-tooth-or-not-introducing-the-burn-test/

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coled18

This is not a horse/equine fossil. However there is no stylid (enamel pillar) running in between the two main lobes of teeth I can see. The presence of a stylid is what differentiates bos from camel/llama teeth. Instead of being a bos tooth I think it is a llama or camel, likely a young one given the relatively small size of the tooth. Camel/ llama would have lived about 20,000 years ago in Florida during the Pleistocene. Neat find! 

http://www.fossil-treasures-of-florida.com/FossilTreasuresofFloridaNewsletter-newsletter0018.html

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