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Help ID my toothy find of the day, week, summer...

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KraZshardLady

This is certainly the best tooth specimen we have found here this past year, as it feels like a rock rather than feeling like bone. I have posted a tooth or two here, y'all explained mineralized vs.fossilized and those finds were in the process of mineralization. Cool finds, not fossils. This tooth is clearly different. I couldn't wait until tomorrow to get started with identification so I did my best with the photos and understand how it can effect the ability to make a confident ID. If it's as obvious as it seems to be to me, tho, these pics are enough. Hit me with your knowledge, fossil friends, let me have it!

 

PS. Bear with me, it's been a while. Thanks.20180716_224426.thumb.jpg.b1585a6ef0a283c35df714baec821b42.jpg20180716_213731.thumb.jpg.037952d5c0519ddb908c59feb8508c4d.jpg20180716_213322.jpg.47f9d6e9b94a54324db8661d06862df7.jpg20180716_211133.thumb.jpg.46092b63215e2b4159663fc483d183ff.jpg20180716_212927.thumb.jpg.5f60c0c9eb9e1199046279b7a159b44e.jpg20180716_213002.thumb.jpg.d781a6515ce6bea866d07db2bad26058.jpg

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KraZshardLady

Two more pics...20180716_213026.thumb.jpg.61fe4d52961827419bbf459f96edbe55.jpg20180716_224215.thumb.jpg.3b056dc987ca7436c0e9152734845ace.jpg

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Fruitbat

Nice find!  It's a badly-worn upper horse (equid) cheek tooth.

 

-Joe

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KraZshardLady
6 minutes ago, Fruitbat said:

Nice find!  It's a badly-worn upper horse (equid) cheek tooth.

 

-Joe

Meaning, not fossilized?

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ynot
2 minutes ago, KraZshardLady said:

Meaning, not fossilized?

Not necessarily. Horses where in america before the last ice age, went extinct and were reintroduced in the 1600s.

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Innocentx

 

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KraZshardLady
Just now, ynot said:

Not necessarily. Horses where in america before the last ice age, went extinct and were reintroduced in the 1600s.

Meaning the tooth was worn down from use as a horse's tooth, referring to the condition of the tooth. Yes?

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Fruitbat

KraZshardLady...

 

It looks like the tooth has suffered mostly from environmental ravages with, perhaps, some help from gnawing rodents.  Horses (in one form or another) have been in North America for many tens of millions of years but yours looks more likely to be either Pleistocene (Ice Age) or possibly modern.

 

-Joe

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