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    Nov 2012
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    Dinosaur Tooth?

    Hi, I found this about five years ago on a ranch we own in South Texas, about thirty miles north of Rio Grande City, TX. It looks like a tooth to me and I was hoping someone here could help me identify what kind of tooth it is or if it is not a tooth, what it is. I have taken the photos with a dollar bill for perspective but haven't taken any measurements. Let me know if actual measurements will help. Thanks!
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    us
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    Sorry I don't know anything about it. But that is an interesting find.
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    us
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    You should probably try to contact a paleontology dept at a univ. If it is a tooth, with full root that means it didn't travel far and the rest of the animal MAY be there also.
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    It is a shark tooth. Look up shark teeth and the info will even tell you what kind of shark it came from. Good find.
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    Nov 2012
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    Thanks for the help. I've been looking at shark teeth and mine is longer and narrower than any I've seen but its really hard to tell because of how much it seems to have eroded over time. I'll probably end up taking it to the local university (which never would have occurred to me) and see if they can help.
    Thanks again.
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    Dennis

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    I personally do not think that you have a fossil there. Nature has a way of creating unusual and interesting forms, which I sincerely think your article is. How about an interesting conversation piece.
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    us
    Dec 2012
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    Looks like it could be a tooth, but from what I would try posting it on the Artifacts forum, very interesting find!
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    It does not look like a shark megladon tooth. I have some large ones. They have a great "fossil" section here,,, They have helped me many times. Might try that for an I.D.
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    Wow, I too have been looking for something that looked like my find. This is exactly what I found near my home in NJ. It is 1/2 the size but identical. That means, it probably is NOT natural and a tooth? I will get some pics up this weekend. Identical but smaller. Are these types of find worth anything or simply just a good find? Note: I found this in an area where I also found fossils of shells in rocks.

    See formation in the middle goes all the way around but does NOT go over the top (similar to another one on this post). Very odd. And see the lines going horizontal completely around. Not vertically up and down as you would expect in a tooth. Any ideas?
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    I could certainly be wrong, but don't think it's a tooth or even a fossil but a natural rock comprised of different material that eroded differently over time... Check out this piece... similar but still different.

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    Oddball

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    Neither of the above are teeth, even extremely worn ones. They are just suggestively shaped rocks with oddball mineral attachments.

    These are fossil shark teeth from Sharktooth Hill.

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    This is a dinosaur tooth (Nanotyrannus).

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    This is a fossil Megalodon shark tooth.

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    Tommy

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    Looks more like a fang cool find take to an expert seems in hand would make for a better ID

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    What is the difference between a fang and a tooth?

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    gr
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    Quote Originally Posted by filmiracl View Post
    I could certainly be wrong, but don't think it's a tooth or even a fossil but a natural rock comprised of different material that eroded differently over time... Check out this piece... similar but still different.
    What he wrote... that is no tooth, sorry

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    gr
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobpash View Post
    What is the difference between a fang and a tooth?
    Fangs are teeth, too. But mammalian canine teeth are sometimes called "fangs"...

 

 
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