Lot 62: Polished Section of Juvenile Mammoth Tooth

Artemis Gallery

July 20, 2017
Louisville, CO, US

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Description: Early Pliocene to Early Holocene, probably from the earlier part of this spectrum, ca. 5 million years ago to 5000 years ago. A fine example of the grinding surface of a mammoth tooth. The original chemicals of the teeth have been replaced in the fossilization process with quartz (silica) and other minerals, which may give a clue to its place of original - for example, fossils found in the Wind River Formation in Wyoming have often been replaced by silica. Mammoth teeth are highly specialized, some of the largest grinding teeth in the animal kingdom, adapted to crush woody vegetable matter in ancient forests. Size: 5.2" L x 3" W x 0.7" H (13.2 cm x 7.6 cm x 1.8 cm)

Provenance: private Hagar collection

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Condition Report: One side has been polished and stabilized with a clear filler. Small losses on ends.
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