FOSSIL ALLIGATOR TOOTH IN UNIQUE COLOR
- Santa Fe River - Florida, U.S.
PLEISTOCENE PERIOD: 1.8 million - 10,000 years ago
With rare light gold
color due to the unique sediments of this deposit, this a RARE large fossil fang tooth from a prehistoric
alligator, Alligator mississippiensis. The tooth is of
very large proportions and would have come from an alligator much larger in
size than typically found alive today! Crown enamel is naturally
glossy and 100% natural as found. This is one of the finest
large fossil alligator teeth we have offered.
NO RESTORATION OR REPAIR.
The modern alligator as
we know it today, has remain unchanged for millions of years. To
gain an insight as to the nature of this beast, we can look at what we
know from a living alligator. In North America, the alligator is
the largest living reptile. Unlike crocodiles that have a narrow
jaw and 4th position upper jaw tooth that hangs over the lower jaw when
closed, alligators have a broader skull and their 4th upper tooth fits
into a socket in the lower jaw, and is concealed when the jaw is
shut. Alligators inhabit fresh
and brackish marshes, ponds, lakes, rivers, swamps, bayous, and large
spring runs. Their diet mainly consists of fish, birds, small
mammal, turtles, snakes, frogs and invertebrates.
After emerging from
hibernation in April, they mate from that time up until May. The
female builds her nest in June. Hatchlings will remain with the
mother for as long as 3 years from birth.
FOSSIL FANG BELONGING TO A PREHISTORIC ALLIGATOR OF SUBSTANTIAL PROPORTIONS!
1.7" in length
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX Actual
Item - One Only