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Fossil Horse Tooth?

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Vin

This is the first larger mammal tooth I came across while fossil hunting for megalodon teeth in South Carolina.

 

Tooth was found in a stream in the general area between Charleston and Summerville along with some Meg teeth. 

 

What do you suppose this came from? Camel, horse, giant ground sloth?

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Sanrique

Looks definitely like horse to me. Nice piece

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Carl

Absolutely horse

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FossilsAnonymous

Can definitely agree. Great find!

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Shellseeker

Equus .sp

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The possible causes of the extinction of horses in the Americas (about 12,000 years ago) have been a matter of debate. Hypotheses include climate change and overexploitation by newly arrived humans.[16][17] Horses only returned to the American mainland with the arrival of the conquistadores in 1519.[18]

 

Horses go back a couple of million years in the Florida fossil record.  Their bones and teeth represent the most common fossil  - horse teeth -- in my hunting area..  We have large horse teeth like yours (Equus .sp) on the left and smaller horse teeth for smaller horses that predate Equus.

 

Nice find !!! A great intro to fossil teeth in the Southeast US.

 

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