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Blue pigment in Bison Tooth

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DE&i

I can’t be 100 percent sure of the age of the deposit from where these Bison tooth came from. But it would almost certainly fall into a late Holocene early Pleistocene era.

 

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Would anyone know what the blue pigment would represent in this tooth.

 

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steelhead9

Whatever minerals leached into the bone during mineralization. Blue is usually from vivianite. 

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abyssunder

I agree! :)

If I remember correctly, I have seen this color on proboscidean tusks (e.g. mammoth tusk) and it was associated with Vivianite and dentin.

 

to be more precise...

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excerpt from G. McGowan & J. Prangnell. 2006. The significance of vivianite in archaeological settings. Geoarcheology 21(1): 93-111

 

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