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Jun 8, 2012 2:18 PM

Is this a tooth? If so what is it??

I have recently found what appears to be a fossilised tooth in my back garden. The object appears to be porous in nature, and similar in shape (not size) to a Canine incisor.  Can anyone help me identify it please? See attached pictures:

 

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    Jun 18, 2012 4:38 PM (in response to KevinL)
    Re: Is this a tooth? If so what is it??

    Hello Kevin,

     

    The first thing I would ask is where exactly did you find it, as the  location of an object is very helpful in terms of an ID. In this case though (and without further information) I would initially think that this is a pseudofossil - a rock or mineralisation that looks a lot like a fossil, but isn't actually organic in origin at all. The reason I think this is that there don't appear to be any of the structures I would associate with a tooth visible in the photos that you have posted and given the size and the porous nature of the rock a pseudofossil is much more likely. Check out Luanne's pseudofossil page to see what I mean: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/community/identification/blog/tags/pseudofossil?fromGateway=true

     

    I hope this helps,

     

    Hazel

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