I found this on the beach in Kent and wondered if anyone could give it an ID? Somebody who does quite a bit of beachcombing has said it looks like part of a tooth to them, but it is larger than other ones they have seen before. It definitely feels like rock.....It'd be great if you could give me any information you might have!
It certainly is a tooth. The ridges of enamel with softer dentine inbetween (top left photo) is typical of grazing animals and the size indicates a large animal. In the UK that would mean Horse or Cow. Cow teeth have 3 or 4 separate roots where as horse teeth the root is single and has a similar structure to the 'crown'. The bottom left photo shows the base of four separate roots making this Cow. That is if it is modern, there are quite a number of recently extinct species such as Auroch which are regularly found along the lower North Sea and Channel coasts.