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dugong tooth

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.
Age Miocene Epoch
Category Marine Mammal
Formation Kirkwood Formation
Location Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Species Metaxytherium sp.
Length 1 1/2 inches
Width 7/8 inches
Thickness 3/4 inches

ID2455
Membertoothpuller
Date Added11/14/2007

  

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