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Need ID! Large Western Canada Carnivore Canine Tooth


JordanDarb

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Hi there,

Posting here after hours and hours of research and not being able to find any answers. In around 1974, my mother was walking up a small river on or near the border between southern Alberta and southern BC, Canada, and she stumbled across what looked like a smooth, polished rock.

She picked it up, and realized it was a rather large canine tooth from an animal. She thought it was a bear tooth, which I don't agree with - doesn't seem to be the right shape. She brought it to a jeweller and had it capped with silver and made into a pendant. The jeweller said it was the hardest thing he'd ever drilled into and broke several bits trying...

The curvature and strange twist of the tooth have thrown me off in my search, but I have a suspicion that its potentially from a large Mountain Lion, or possibly a large Wolf.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated! Attached are photos.

Thank you!

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The one end is covered but might very well be the chewing surface and what is displayed may be the root.

 

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Chewing surface is on the left in this next picture.

 

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What you have might be an ungulate tooth and may be fossilized. 

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11 minutes ago, Innocentx said:

The one end is covered but might very well be the chewing surface and what is displayed may be the root.

 

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Chewing surface is on the left in this next picture.

 

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 What animal is your example from?

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3 minutes ago, Darktooth said:

What animal is your example from?

I'm not great with teeth, but my guess is horse (not fossilized).

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2 minutes ago, Innocentx said:

I'm not great with teeth, but my guess is horse (not fossilized).

You should cite the source of any photos you use that are not yours. ;) 

Or, if they are yours, ...  at least get it id'd before you use it. :P  Kidding. 

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I agree that it has a certain incisor root look to it.  

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2 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

You should cite the source of any photos you use that are not yours.

I just pulled this out of my mouth where I've been storing it until I can get reattached. Whinny, whinny, stomp.

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1 minute ago, Innocentx said:

I just pulled this out of my mouth where I've been storing it until I can get reattached. Whinny, whinny, stomp.

:ighappy:

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