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Purisima Dolphin Tooth from Capitola


MikeR

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

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