I recently moved into a new house, and the previous owner had left quite a large tooth behind, it's quite big, but as i do not have anything to measure it with at the moment i can only give approximations to it's size, it's roughly 4 inches long and 1 and a half, to two inches wide at the base.
It appears to be hollow inside and shows sign of wear from the animal at the tip, in my amateur opinion it looks like some large carnivorous mammals canine, but i may be wrong.
Any help in uncovering the animal that this tooth belongs would be greatly appreciated.
Pictures enclosed, they include a view from each side, looking into the top of the tooth, and a close up of the wear on the bottom.
Pity about the elephant suggestion - the thought of an elephant living in the attic was sooo funny - but a sperm whale tooth makes much more sense, especially as they are the largest of the toothed whales.
Not sure how you could confirm that, without something like DNA testing, but there must be some distinctive characteristics. I read somewhere that narwhal tusks produce whiter and denser ivory than elephant; maybe ordinary whale teeth are similar?
It seems quite plausible, by looking at what pictures I can online, it seems to be the right shape, the same wear and some are even hollowed out in the same way.
I guess when i have a chance to have an expert look at it I won't know for sure, but a sperm whale seems like the best bet.
Thanks guys, I really appreciate the help.
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth... I think you can safely call it a sperm whale tooth, because:
1. there actually are no alternatives
2. The whaling industries "produced" quite a few om them and they were obviously often taken home (which can be seen by the number of images that you find)
3. It fits!