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Mastodon Molar Fragment?


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When I first found this I wrote it off as some sort of natural formation (geofind), but after doing some research I believe it may be a small fragment of a mastodon tooth. If I am right then it will be from the side of the tooth, right where the root ends and the crown starts. Found in a creek in the lowcountry of SC where I have found many Pleistocene mammal bones and teeth.





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I agree, and Boy Howdy is it colorful!

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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It sure is. I'm going back this weekend to the gravel bar where I found it & hitting it hard. Maybe I'll find more of it.

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Follow Up: I went back to the same gravel bar yesterday, and what do you know- I found another fragment of what I am assuming is the same tooth. This piece came from the chewing surface on one end; you can see where the first two "humps" (that's a technical term) start. I guess since the name mastodon means "breast tooth" in latin that would be cleavage lol. Now if I could just find the rest of the tooth...



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The kind of fragment which would be found washed into a stream bed. Definitely part of a mastodon molar. Look around, you may find other pieces in the vicinity.

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