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Feb 24, 2014 11:10 AM

Teeth found

I found this in a brook in Oxfordshire which has been widened over the years due to earth collapsing from either side. As you can see from the photos it appears to be teeth in what I believe to be a fossil as it feels to heavy to be bone. It also appears to be a bottom jaw of whatever animal it came from. Can someone help with the identification of the animal? It is about 20cm in length

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    Feb 26, 2014 9:03 PM (in response to ch3l53a)
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    Hi, I'm no expert so you probably shouldn't take my answer as 100% correct but to me, it seems like the back of the bottom right jaw of a horse. It would be clearer if you took a picture of the top of the teeth so I can clarify. I hope this helped :)

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      Feb 27, 2014 4:36 PM (in response to Annalise_uk)
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      Horse jaw is a very good suggestion; this is part of the lower jaw of a herbivore and in this country that would mean horse or cow. You can just see that the tooth on the left of the photos is not worn at all and is not as high up as the other teeth. That is because this is from a young animal and the back most molar has not errupted yet. Looking at the ridges on the teeth they seem quite deep and this is more a feature of cow than horse.

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        Feb 27, 2014 10:11 PM (in response to John)
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        Is there any average measurement for the depth of the ridges, as I found a tooth and I'm not sure if its from a horse or cow.

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          Feb 27, 2014 10:32 PM (in response to Annalise_uk)
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          If you have a single tooth the easiest way is to look at the root. In a horse the tooth is very simillar all the way down but in a cow it tapers into three or four seperate roots.

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