It has been suggested that this is probably a horse cheek tooth from the loph pattern but it does seem very worn down. Can you confirm this and give some idea of its age. Thank you.
I have no idea how old this is, but it is an upper moler of a horse. I think I can say one thing about the age of the animal: this was a deciduous tooth (milk tooth), so the horse was young. Permanent upper molars in adult horses have much taller crowns.
Thanks Florin. That is very helpful. Could this be a permanent tooth in which the crown has been very worn down. Would a permanent tooth be much larger in its general dimensions?
How would it be possible to date the tooth? Could it be a fossil?
I don't thik it would be possible for a tooth to become so worn and still keep its usual pattern on the grinding surface. I think this is a tooth with a very short crown because it is a milk tooth. Here are some photos of a permanent tooth in our collection:
You can see the difference between long (permanent) molars and short (deciduous) molars in the diagram below:
I don't know how to date teeth, so I don't know if this is fossil or at least very old.
I hope this helps.
Thanks for all this information. Much appreciated. Excellent service.