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Pleistocene Proboscidean Tooth

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I found this today in a coastal Early Pleistocene deposit in South Carolina. I was thinking mammoth when I found it, but now I think it may be something else? It doesn’t have the characteristic rows of a mammoth tooth.

 

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ynot

Milk tooth?

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Auspex

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TNCollector

@ynot @Auspex

i can definitely see the resemblance, but is this tooth too large to be a milk tooth? All of the ones I have seen have been 1 to two inches across. This one is broken but is 2 and 13/16 inches across the crown, 7.19 cm. I also have not seen many milk teeth, so I really don’t know what I’m talking about. Are they rare?

 

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jcbshark

Looks like mammoth to me as well, perhaps some pathology would cause that at the end?

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abyssunder

Maybe gomphothere?

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Shellseeker
1 hour ago, jcbshark said:

Looks like mammoth to me as well, perhaps some pathology would cause that at the end?

Ditto.

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Innocentx

That is quite beautiful with the lacy bryozoans attached.

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Carl

Pretty sure it's a proboscidean but I'm thinking it's not a mammoth.

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abyssunder

That's how I can see it:

 

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Comparative image is a Cuvieronius hyodon right m3 tooth.

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Al Dente

I'm pretty confident it is from a mammoth. There is a lot of cementum surrounding the enamel. Not something you see in a mastodon or gomphothere. 

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Carl

 

4 hours ago, abyssunder said:

Comparative image is a Cuvieronius hyodon right m3 tooth.

Hmmmmm... Now that I see it might be just a tiny piece, mammoth ain't so unlikely anymore. But the arangement of the worns cusps is a better match for something like Cuvieronius. I'm sticking with proboscidean, though!

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TNCollector

The cementum is what originally made me think Mammoth, but yes, the arrangement just doesn't match Mammoth at all. The cusps are not horizontally aligned like in a mammoth tooth, it almost appears that they are pointing towards the center of the tooth. Gomphothere fossils are known from this area, as well as mammoth.:headscratch:

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