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Eastern NC - Bison Tooth ID Assistance


AshHendrick

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AshHendrick

I found this in a gravel bed at Greens Mill Run (GMR) Yesterday afternoon. I am thinking it's Bison, but would like confirmation and also assistance with which species and possible age. It's fossilized (tinks like a rock when tapped on a metal shovel) so I want to assume it's not modern but I suppose I cannot rule out the possibility of it being colonial? the range/mix of material at GMR might make this difficult - as I found it with shark teeth and whale bone much like everything else - even horse teeth.

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Harry Pristis

Definitely bovid, and from the size, I'd say bison.

 

 

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AshHendrick

So looking at a younger adult Bison, that's good stuff, thanks! Any way to tell which exact species of bison so I can get a range on how old the fossil is?

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Killer tooth. Great find. Still can't believe it was just laying out with the amount of traffic that place gets. 

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AshHendrick

Probably because that water snake that wouldn't leave me alone scared them all off! Haha! 

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