MUSEUM CLASS RARE
SET OF BOTH LEFT AND RIGHT LOWER MOLARS
WITH PARTIAL JAW BONE FROM THE SAME SOUTHERN MAMMOTH MAMMUTHUS MERIDIONALIS
River Gravel Deposit - Central Europe
PLEISTOCENE PERIOD: 1.8 million years ago
Compared to Woolly Mammoth fossil deposits, fossils from the European
Southern Mammoth are much more scarce and despite a substantial portion
of our operations being based in Europe, this is the first time we have
had the privilege of offering an
(from the same animal) set of spectacular molar teeth from this beast.
I don't ever recall seeing a set this nice in any museum in Europe.
For the educator, museum curator or demanding collector, this is a MUST
HAVE set. This is a
complete pair of fossil molars from one of the largest of prehistoric elephants
that ever lived in on the planet, the giant mammoth known as the
SOUTHERN MAMMOTH or scientifically as Mammuthus meridionalis.
Fossil of these massive beasts of the final Ice Age are uncommon and
perfect additions to exhibits or collections to demonstrate the early
lineage of the mammoth. The teeth of the Southern Mammoth are
unique and show different anatomy in the plate structure compared to
other species of mammoths.
is a MUSEUM-CLASS fossil set and includes a substantial portion of the
lower jaw still holding a perfect, embedded lower right side molar
tooth. The other side which was found together with this jaw and
tooth, includes a fully rooted opposite side molar tooth with much of
the bone still attached within the long, delicate intact roots.
Both teeth have full chewing cusps in a perfect, undamaged state.
The anatomy is so well shown and preserved in such beautiful condition
that this set would be THE SET to use as an educational
reference for what
M. meridionalis teeth should look like. Sold individually,
either of these molar teeth would be a rare offering but to be able to
acquire a matched pair from the same animal and with one displaying a
full, unbroken root, makes this a rare acquisition, indeed. These
Southern Mammoth teeth are
NO REPAIR AND NO
FABRICATION. 100% GENUINE!
Cracks are old and have been
stabilized, they are not repairs as the tooth is unbroken and was found
as shown. The Southern
mammoth these fossils came from died with the teeth in its jaws.
These are not the more common fossil mammoth "spit" teeth you often see sold for a
fraction of the price of this fine set. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any
collector of rare prehistoric elephant fossils.
our Mammoth teeth are dried for at least one year prior to selling
to ensure against disintegration. They are then chemically treated
in multiple steps
with multiple types of hardeners to protect their intact nature. We guarantee your
tooth will not fall apart. If you purchase a Woolly Mammoth fossil
tooth from ANY SOURCE without the supplier performing this lengthy drying process
and treatment, cracks will likely grow and it WILL likely fall apart as
the tooth can take an extremely long time for the core to fully dry.
55 million years ago, the group of mammals called Proboscideans are
identified by the presence of tusks and a trunk and include mammoths,
mastodons and elephants. The oldest mammoth remains have placed
the beginnings of the beasts in Africa but eventually, they migrated to
Europe and Asia. Around 1.7 million years ago, Mammuthus
meridionalis began reaching North America and later evolved into the
Columbian mammoth, otherwise known as the American mammoth.
the first species of mammoth was the Southern Mammoth, or Mammuthus
meridionalis. This extinct giant resembled an Asian elephant
but with larger tusks. A full
stood around 15 feet high at
the shoulder (for comparison, a Woolly Mammoth stood 10 - 12 feet high).
It was a huge proboscidean, THE LARGEST
ELEPHANT THAT EVER LIVED ON THE PLANET. Mammuthus meridionalis
was also the FIRST mammoth that ever lived emerging in the Early
Pleistocene Period 1.8 million years ago during a time between glacial
periods in Europe. This mammoth lived in warm, tropical forests.
As the final Ice Age came to be and temperatures dropped, vegetation
that supported this species died out and this reduction in food source
along with the colder climate led to the extinction of this species and
heartier species later emerged like the smaller Woolly Mammoth that
could survive the harsh climate. Some believe that Mammuthus
meridionalis is an ancestor of the Woolly Mammoth, Mammuthus
teeth of Mammuthus meridionalis are made up of lesser and more
robust plates than the teeth of Woolly Mammoths. This was so the
Southern Mammoth could chew up the coarser forest vegetation. Over time, the cheek teeth of Woolly mammoths
evolved into a design of more numerous and tightly arranged enamel
plates with less thickness. The tusks of the Woolly mammoth
developed a more dramatic curvature and their overall body size
decreased. These changes were advantageous in surviving the
increasingly cold conditions of the last Ice Age. Such teeth
modifications enabled the Woolly mammoths to chew tougher tundra
vegetation. The reduction of body size accompanied by the
reduction of the ears and trunk along with the development of a thicker
pelt enabled the mammoths to survive in the harshness of a frozen world.
teeth in their skulls, two uppers (one on each side) and two lowers.
Over the course of the life of the animal, six sets of teeth will grow,
a worn set being pushed forward and out to make room for a new and
unworn set. This
characteristic is still true of modern elephants. A baby mammoth
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. Mammoth teeth can also tell us the age and species
of the creature. Scientists can approximate age by comparing the
length and width of the molars to corresponding age and tooth size
charts from modern elephants. The species is determined by the
number of ridges found in the first four inches of the flat chewing
have been found in northern regions of North America, Eurasia and
SUPER RARE MUSEUM-CLASS
SET OF LOWER MOLARS AND PARTIAL JAW FROM THE SAME ELEPHANT - TEXTBOOK
12 x 11.5"
overall with jaw bone, teeth are 9.4" - 8" in lengths
SOLD LMX053 INCLUDES
STANDS Actual Item
- One Only