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Fossil Tapir Tooth

This fossil tapir tooth is from the pleistocene, aka ice age. It is the first molar and is the only one to have the primary cusps at this angle. On all the other molar positions, the apex of the cusps looks like an equals sign (=) when viewed from above. On this tooth position, they are more angled, like \\ instead. Does that make sense? Obviously I'm not a scientist, but I think these mammal teeth are very interesting and I'm doing my best to describe them. I probably should let the pictures do the talking...

Age Pleistocene Epoch
Category Land Mammal
Formation Hawthorne Formation
Location Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Species Tapirus veroensis
Length 1 1/8 inches
Width 1 inches
Thickness 1/2 inches

ID3476
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Date Added9/5/2009

  

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