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I have found several smaller fragments before, but never an intact one. This one turned up at the end of a very long day and I fortunately spotted it as my son was shoveling matrix into the sifting table. I startled him mid-shovel by shouting "STOP!" when I saw a row of white points sticking out of some matrix. Son was just about to throw another shovelful on top of it. Nice reflexes by him to change course mid-air to avoid me (now shielding the tooth with my body - LOL). Worth it.  :-)

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Definitely had potential but I didn't know how much root was going to remain. After some careful cleaning I was thrilled. I can see from those cracks why I've had such a hard time finding a complete one.

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Fossildude19

Congratulations on a spectacular find!  :) 

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Very nice absolutely beautiful.  Congrat 

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That is truly, a great find!

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Bobby Rico

Wow. :wub: They don’t get any better than that.

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FossilsAnonymous

BEAUTIFUL tooth.

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VERY nice! :dinothumb:

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oh, that is amazing!! :meg::meg:

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fossilsonwheels

Wow. That is awesome. Great find. 

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Yes, that is a great find.  Hexanchus is uncommon in the STH Bonebed but a lower anterolateral that complete is certainly at least a step rarer than that.  Depending on the length of your collecting day (a little over 4 hours was my average), you might find a nice parasymphyseal once every two trips and sometimes 1 per trip.  The anterolaterals are about as compressed but wider so they have a more room to crack and break.  You have to be lucky to spot it before you break it yourself as in your case.  You might find a partial or two every trip (and they never fit together).  Depending on many times per year you can dig out there, you might find a tooth like yours once every couple of years.  I used to go out there maybe twice a year for 14 years and I have two like yours.

 

You should soak that tooth in a Paraloid or Butvar solution to stabilize that crack and harden the root.  You should buy some in any case because you might find some decent bones.

 

Congratulations,

 

Jess

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Awesome find, congrats!:wub:

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