I found this fossilized tooth deep underground whilst caving and wondered if anyone could please identify it for me. I'd like to know how old it is and what animal it once belonged to. The cave is Swildon's Hole in Priddy, Somerset and is in the Mendip Hills. Many thanks.
This looks like a right lower first premolar of a horse, age I cannot help you with.
I've googled and found this...
"At several sites on the Mendips (e.g. Hyaena Den near Wookey Hole), large carnivores including hyaenas and bears used to live in caves in the past, with hyaenas denning in the cave and bears using it for hibernation and winter breeding. Caves were also sometimes used by Palaeolithic man. At that time (~60,000-10,000 yrs BP), other creatures roaming about outside included horse, bison, reindeer, woolly rhino, and woolly mammoth:"
Could it really be this old? I hope so!
Nothing to do with the tooth sorry although the water flow is quite able to wash in the remains and no animal in its right mind would use it as a den It was over 47 years ago that for a 5 year period I was in and out of Swildons Hole we used to change in a famers barn and use Carbide lamps after the floods in 1968 the 30 foot water ladder pitch disappeared, do you still freedive the first sump
Whats the name of the nearest Pub in Priddy
Sorry I am reminiscing my youth from another age and country
I have just uploaded some photos of horse teeth I hope you agree they are a match
What a great set of photos. Yes, it does look like a good match.
Since hearing from you earlier, I've been investigating fossilized horse teeth online this eve (now I know what it is!) and stumbled across this page.
The tooth looks really similar to the one I found. I'm fascinated by this, as you can probably tell.
What is your conclusion to it's rough age?
I am no expert in ageing specimens but it does look 'old' to me.