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John Dempster

“Fossil” Tooth ID

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John Dempster

Hi Fossil Forum community,

I am a complete neophyte is this field so was hoping to get some insights from you.

On a recent walking trip in the mountain region in the north east of Mallorca I came across this curiously shaped rock. It was located in a dry riverbed in a canyon close to the town of Binibona.

I thought from the shape it could be a tooth of some type but considering the quality of other fossils I’ve seen it would be poorly preserved if it were.

Dimensions of the find (at its widest points) are:

Height - 15 cm 

Width - 13 cm

Depth - 7 cm.

Hopefully this is enough detail and somebody can bring some clarity to this and I’m not wasting your time with a coincidentally shaped piece of sandstones and my own personal pareidolia.

Regards, John

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DatFossilBoy

Hi and welcome to the forum!!!:yay-smiley-1:

Cool find. Not a tooth, it is a rock... sorry.

regards

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Troodon

Welcome to the forum

I think it needs some cleaning to remove the encrusted areas to determine what it is.  Your first image has what appears to be the root lobes and overall shape of a megalodon tooth.  Additional cleaning can support that ID or find out its a tooth shaped rock.

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Fossildude19

Welcome to the Forum. :) 

 

While I agree that it is generally/roughly tooth-like in shape, the appearance ( lack of defined root, lack of enamel, and lack of symmetry) suggests otherwise. 

Unfortunately, I believe that this is a suggestively shaped rock. :( 

Regards,

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WhodamanHD

Yes, a Megalodon Imposter. 

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John Dempster

Hi to all and thanks for the warm welcome and quick feedback. Next stage seems to suggest a thorough cleaning to bring a definitive ID.

Any suggestions on the best way to wash a rock or am I just being super dim here.

 

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ynot

First step is a tooth brush with soap and water.

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Troodon

Once brushed try something like a Xacto knife and see if it's adequate to remove material.  Don't apply pressure downward just sideways in case it's a tooth.  Good luck

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