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Sep 8, 2012 9:33 PM

Enigmatic tooth in the attic.

I recently moved into a new house, and the previous owner had left quite a large tooth behind, it's quite big, but as i do not have anything to measure it with at the moment i can only give approximations to it's size, it's roughly 4 inches long and 1 and a half, to two inches wide at the base.

It appears to be hollow inside and shows sign of wear from the animal at the tip, in my amateur opinion it looks like some large carnivorous mammals canine, but i may be wrong.

Any help in uncovering the animal that this tooth belongs would be greatly appreciated.

 

Pictures enclosed, they include a view from each side, looking into the top of the tooth, and a close up of the wear on the bottom.

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    Sep 8, 2012 10:50 PM (in response to LHole)
    Re: Enigmatic tooth in the attic.

    The tip of an elephant's tusk?

     

    Of course, you woulld probably notice if an elephant had been living in your attic

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    Sep 9, 2012 9:30 PM (in response to LHole)
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    This looks more like a whale tooth to me - perhaps from a sperm whale.

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      Sep 9, 2012 10:21 PM (in response to Heather)
      Re: Enigmatic tooth in the attic.

      Pity about the elephant suggestion - the thought of an elephant living in the attic was sooo funny - but a sperm whale tooth makes much more sense, especially as they are the largest of the toothed whales. 

       

      Not sure how you could confirm that, without something like DNA testing, but there must be some distinctive characteristics.  I read somewhere that narwhal tusks produce whiter and denser ivory than elephant; maybe ordinary whale teeth are similar?

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        Sep 11, 2012 12:00 AM (in response to LHole)
        Re: Enigmatic tooth in the attic.

        When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth... I think you can safely call it a sperm whale tooth, because:

        1. there actually are no alternatives

        2. The whaling industries "produced" quite a few om them and they were obviously often taken home (which can be seen by the number of images that you find)

        3. It fits!

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    Sep 28, 2012 5:59 PM (in response to LHole)
    Re: Enigmatic tooth in the attic.

    It might be the end of a wallruses tusk.

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    Jan 5, 2013 1:58 PM (in response to LHole)
    Re: Enigmatic tooth in the attic.

    Yes it is a sperm whale tooth

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