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Oct 21, 2011 12:33 PM

Answered - Can anyone ID this tooth?

Hi there.

 

Myself and family were down on the Thames foreshore near Southbank looking for clay pipes etc when we found this.

Can anyone tell us what it is from? it seems to be fossilised/mineralised/pertrified some state like that to our eyes

Looks like it's made up of different polished gems and has a good bit more weight to it than a tooth should, also kind of

pretty to look at in a strange way!

Would anyone be able to tell us roughly how old it is? or if not roughly how long does it take for tooth to become fossilised/petrified

 

Hope to hear back soon

 

Kindest Regards

 

Robert McAdam

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    Sep 12, 2011 4:44 PM (in response to Robert)
    Re: Can anyone ID this tooth?

    Hi Robert,

     

    This tooth is dark because it has been in the water, but I'm afraid there is no way to know exactly how old it is.  I would say it's modern rather than fossil.  I'll leave the debate on how we draw the lines between modern, sub fossil and fossil to the palaeontologists!

     

    It looks to me like the molar of a cow, which isn't surprising given that butchery waste has been thrown into the Thames for nearly 2000 years now.  Bones and teeth of domestic animals are really common on the foreshore.

     

    Hannah

    NHM ID Team

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