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Fossil Mammoth Tooth

This was the first of two mammoth teeth I found in one day. I'd never found one before this one. What a beauty for my first! This is a rare occurrence - the outer bark of the tooth has been eaten away to reveal the enamel plates bonded together in the middle. Its a really cool kind of wear, because the incredible detail of the unerupted surface can be seen.
Location Colleton County, South Carolina, USA
Species Mammut imperator
Age Pliocene Epoch
Category Land Mammal
Length 8 1/2 inches

ID1250
Memberdw
Date Added5/21/2004

This is a view of the chewing surface of the tooth.
Here, you can see the detail on the chewing surface of the tooth that had not yet broken through the mammoth's jaw to be used. It looks like a cave formation!
This is a view of the root.
  

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