What could this be?

Discussion in 'Cephalopod Fossils' started by zkreso, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. zkreso

    zkreso Larval Mass Registered

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    Hello all,

    my mothers boyfriend found this strange thing that looked like a tooth in his yard, and asked me if I could try and found out what it was on the internet. I took some pictures, but my camera is not that good with macro shots, so they came out a bit undetailed, but I hope you can help me anyway.
    The dimensions are ca. 5x2x2 cm. and it was found in Kristiansand, on the southern tip of Norway.

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    from the above pictures, is someone able to identify it?

    thanks,
    -zk
     
  2. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Hi Zkreso!

    Hmm...interesting.

    I think, but am not certain, that what you have there is a partial horse's tooth. Compare your 'left' view with that in the top picture in this site:

    Prehistoric Megafauna of the Wekiva River Basin

    If you have a google image search on 'horse tooth' or 'horse teeth' you will find a few images that really look quite similar. However, I'll shoot off an e-mail to TONMO member GeoffC and see what he thinks. Geoff studies animal bone material as part of his job, he'll have a much better idea than me.

    Thanks for posting it.
     
  3. GeoffC

    GeoffC Cuttlefish Registered

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    Hi Zkreso! Hi Phil!

    Sorry not to see this sooner, I'm not near a computer much at the moment. Anyway, yes I think Phil's right, it looks like a horse tooth from the upper jaw (which are more square in cross section), without actually seeing the tooth it's a bit difficult to say. The root end is shown on your 'right' picture.

    Cheers
    Geoff
     
  4. zkreso

    zkreso Larval Mass Registered

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    Hi all,

    thanks for replying, I had a gut feeling that it might have been a horse tooth. Actually I didn't really expect any replies, so thanks again for answering!

    -zk
     

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