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Pennsylvanian \ Permian Tooth ?


Tony G.

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Think this is a tooth fragment.  Found in the Rico Formation near Potash, UT which is just outside of Moab, UT.  1 1/4" x 1/2".

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If it is Pennsylvanian, I would think that it could be a cusp from a shsrk tooth, such as Glikmanius (formerly known as Cladodus. If Permian, not sure but probably from a reptile or amphibian. Sorry, i know that is really vague. 

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Looks like a chunk of bone to me. Teeth don't usually have that kind of texture inside.

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I see how you could think it was a tooth with the shape, but I agree with bone fragment as well. Teeth are not so porous as bone. They are more highly calcified and present with enamel or ivory.

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Could the fragment have moved from a higher level? I've been to Potash, and there are some rather spectacular slopes in the vicinity.

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