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Purisima Dolphin Tooth from Capitola

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MikeR

@Boesse While cleaning shells from the Pliocene deposits at Capitola I came across this dolphin tooth ~17 mm.  Any ideas on a more specific identification?

 

Thanks

 

Mike

 

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ynot

Nice find, but most cetatean teeth are not diagnostic.

 

Looks more like a seal to Me.

Can You take better pictures, these are kinda dark and hard to make out the detail.

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Carl

Agreed. Not a dolphin. Some kind of pinniped is my bet. Great score! @Boesse will know.

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Boesse

So this is a first premolar - upper or lower - of a fur seal, likely Thalassoleon or Callorhinus. Nice find!

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