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Apr 1, 2014 10:51 AM

Claw found in garden



I found this in the garden today. It's probably a dog claw but I'd love to check it's not something more exciting! We've never had dogs here.




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    Apr 1, 2014 6:06 PM (in response to JennyP)
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    I think this is more exciting than a claw, it is a tooth. The brown colouration is the bone of the tooth socket and the white bit the tooth itself. It looks a bit like a canine tooth but the shape is not quite right for me to say exactly which species. Could you turn it over and photograph it again?

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        Apr 2, 2014 9:47 AM (in response to JennyP)
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        I would lean towards the canine of a young pig - back in the 40's & 50's meals were commonly made from these cheaper remains of butchered animals, pigs heads were boiled up at home to make brawn with the meat and jelly. The remains would be discarded/buried in the garden or given to the dog so fragments of jaw and teeth are reasonably common finds when digging.


        Lets see what John makes of it.

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          Thank you, you have pointed out the last piece of the 'jigsaw'. Here are my thoughts: This does not look like a Molar tooth so that leaves Canines and Incisors. The size is the next clue, it is too big for any of our rodents and does not have the right curve for rabbit or Hare so we are looking at larger mammals. The teeth of carnivores such as fox and badger have a bulbus crown, the bit that is above the gum line, and the root is narrower, this tooth shows no such narrowing. That leaves cattle, deer, horse and pig (and exotic pets). Again deer, cattle and horse teeth have narrower roots than crowns so I had excluded them. That just leaves pig, however, to me it seemed too small, until Bombuslucorum pointed out that was from a young animal. The Tusks and the Needle teeth (incisors) of young pigs could be this size. Here is a link:-



          Scroll down and look at 'J' Young boar canine, even the shape of the bone surrounding the root is the same.


          Thank you Bombuslucorum

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