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Aug 1, 2013 10:18 AM

Part of mammal jaw with teeth -- help ID?

Hello,

 

This is a piece of jawbone (lower left?) from the Ardennes plateau. (Beer bottle cap for size.)

 

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To my untrained eye the teeth look like a bunch of sharpish, fused (pre)molars going into carnassials... the front part of the jaw with presumed canines being absent. Some carnivore or meat-loving omnivore then -- dog, badger? It looks too big for a fox...

 

cheers!

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      Aug 3, 2013 9:52 AM (in response to Xiha)
      Re: Part of mammal jaw with teeth -- help ID?

      I think you are quite right, this is the (lower jaw) of some sort of pig. Of course there are many species of pig and aging a species from texes may not be the same as one from France. Generally speeking the more 'pointy' the teeth the less eating of  the pig was engaged in before it died, indicating a young animal.

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