Lot 31: PLATYBELODON TOOTH
by I.M. Chait
May 16, 2010
Beverly Hills, CA, USALive Auction
Massive elephantine creatures that roamed across North America, Africa, Europe and Asia until the onset of the last Ice Age, Platybelodon sare members of the order Proboscidea, large heavy creatures with distinctive tusks and long flexible trunks, but they have no living relatives today. Unlike the flat, ridged teeth of the contemporaneous Mammoth, the molars of the Platybelodon terminate in a distinctive cone-like cusp.This is a fine example, with attractive bi-coloring to the cusps and good enamel coverage in shades of soft gray and blue. Only the largest protrusion is worn, but reveals a fascinating glimpse of the concentric inner structure of the tooth, and the whole piece measures 9 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches.