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1-1/2" Dugong Molar   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Metaxytherium sp.

My first dugong molar, and it is a very nice specimen.

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Oligocene Dugong Tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Metaxytherium sp.
When I found this, I actually thought it was a gator or whale tooth still stuck in a fragment of bone. Only when I got home later and got a better look at it did I realize that it was actually a fossil dugong tooth. dugongs are similar to manatees. this particular tooth is from an old animal. You can tell by how worn the chewing surface of the tooth is....
Dugong Ribs   Peace River, Florida, USA - Metaxytherium sp.
Dugong Ribs
dugong tooth   Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA - Metaxytherium sp.
I finally got an ID on this one. Turns out it isn't peccary, or even gomp, but a left upper m3 of a dugongid, probably Metaxytherium crataegense, the common Calvert Fm. sirenian. The odd thing is that at most we have only found one small rib fragment of dugong at the site, while I know at other sites even where rib fragments are not uncommon, teeth are pretty rare. I should also humbly mention that this is probably the first dugong tooth known from NJ. ...
Dugong Jaw Section   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Metaxytherium sp.

This is a piece of the lower jaw with a tooth from the Dugong I found in the river.

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Dugong Tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Metaxytherium sp.
Dugong Tooth
1 1/4" Dugong Molar   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Metaxytherium sp.
1 1/4" Dugong Molar
  

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