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    LARGE MASTODON TOOTH
    Mammut americanum (Mastodon)
    Pleistocene ("Ice Age")
    Near St. John's River
    Orange County, Florida

    Mastodon is the common term for an extinct genus related to the modern Elephant known as Mammut, a term that was actually used prior to the French anatomist George Cuvier assigning the term Mastodon to the group deriving from the conical shaped cusps of the teeth which resemble the shape of nipples, hence Mastodont (literally "nipple tooth"). This shape is indicative of a primarily browsing diet that differentiates it from its somewhat more well-known counterpart the Mammoth that has more flattened teeth indicative of a primarily grazing diet. Both Mastodons and Mammoths belong to the order Proboscidea but feature numerous key differences. Mammoths were more like modern Elephants than were Mastodons and were larger with longer and thicker tusks. However, Mastodons were certainly still big and impressive in their own right. The American Mastodon went extinct as part a mass extinction during the Pleistocene ("Ice Age") which is theorized to have occurred as the result of a rapid climate change in North America and advancements in the stone weapons used by humans who did live at the same time as these magnificent beasts! This beautiful Mastodon tooth features jet black coloration and features well preserved dentition with nice tips and reasonable amount of wear. It is also a classic example of the "nipple tooth" shape that so characteristically differentiates the Mastodon from its similar counterpart the Mammoth. This molar features a nice amount of the partial root structure and is a fairly complete tooth. This molar measures an impressive 6.5 x 3.5 x 4.75 inches (16.51 x 8.89 x 12.07 cm) top to bottom. Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Private Texas Collection, Self Collected in 1969


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2013
    2nd Sunday
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