GRADE JUVENILE MASTODON TOOTH WITH PARTIAL ROOT
Steinhatchee River - Florida, U.S.A.
PLEISTOCENE PERIOD: 1.8 million - 10,000 years ago
Mastodon teeth are
far more rare than mammoth teeth and limited numbers of truly nice
quality without restoration ever make
it to market anymore, it seems. High
grade North American Mastodon teeth have continued to appreciate in
price over the recent years. Globally speaking, the fossil-bearing
rivers that produce these teeth are extremely limited. Increasing
legislation to protect and close these rivers from collecting along with
prior years of collecting pressure make for a constant shortage of high
grade specimens. Compared to many other types of fossil teeth,
fine quality Mastodon teeth have become rare and prices are GUARANTEED to always appreciate as the
supply can never satisfy the demand!
top grade Mammut americanum or 'American'
mastodon tooth is a complete crown with partial root featuring beautiful
lightly worn cusps and stunning enamel. The mastodon died with this
tooth still in its jaws as it is not a "spit tooth". TOOTH IS MUCH
NICER THAN PHOTOS SHOWS! The enamel is perfect and complete in a
beautiful black and blue hue. Absolutely TOP GRADE! It
is INTACT and
WITH NO RESTORATION AND NO REPAIR.
Old private collection as this
river is now protected and off-limits to fossil hunting!
Emerging 55 million
years ago, the group of mammals called proboscideans are identified by
the presence of tusks and a trunk and comprise three families:
Mammutidae, Gomphotheriidae and Elephantidae. In Florida, the
mastodon, a member of the family Mammutidae (mammoths are members of
Elephantidae), represents one of two of the oldest known proboscideans
first dating back to the Miocene. They
became extinct 11,000 years ago along with all other proboscideans in
When standing aside a
mammoth, the mastodon looks just like a Neanderthal version of the
proboscideans. The body form is shorter, more stout and robust and
lends itself to a much more muscular physique in contrast to the more
graceful and taller mammoth. The cheek teeth of mastodons are also
more primitive with sharp crests and a dramatic lobed surface in unworn
examples compared to the flat and fine ridged surface of mammoth teeth
that resemble the sole of a boating sneaker. These differences
tell us about the types of food that both types of creatures ate.
The mastodon was more suited for forest environments with teeth that
were well adapted for chewing tougher vegetation like twigs, leaves,
shrubs, fruits, pinecones, pine needles and mosses. The mammoth
with its smoother teeth, was best suited for the open plains feeding on
a variety of grasses.
A mastodon, like all
proboscideans, has a system of horizontal tooth replacement whereby new
molars erupt from the rear of the jaw and move forward. The most
worn teeth at the front, are pushed out of the jaw. Sometimes
while still in the jaw, the anterior portion of a worn front tooth is
broken off. These partial teeth are found as fossils along with
A baby proboscidean at
age 6, will have already had three sets of teeth. By 13 years of
age, the fourth set emerges followed by a fifth set at age 27
years. The final set of teeth come in around 43 years of age and
as it wears away, the animal eventually starves to death and dies on
average between 60 and 80 years of age. Interestingly, the animal's life is
limited by the fact that after the sixth set, no new teeth grow in to
replace the final worn down set and the animal is no longer able to chew
its food. This characteristic is still true of modern
FINEST GRADE EXAMPLE
WITH PARTIAL ROOT FROM A JUVENILE - GORGEOUS BLUE/BLACK ENAMEL!
2.8" long x
Item - One Only