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Fossil Mammoth Tooth

The second of two mammoth teeth I found in one dive. 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 inches

ID1251
Memberdw
Date Added5/21/2004

The chewing surface is the flat side at the right of the photo.
A view of the flat, chewing surface of the tooth.
A view of the part of the tooth that had not yet been used by the elephant. The detail is amazing! There is a hand like structure at the edge of the tooth that you can see in this photo.
A view of the root.
  

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