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Ancient Eastern Europe, Pleistocene epoch, ca. 1.2 million to 24,000 years ago; Ancient North Africa, Morocco, late-Cretaceous period, ca. 70 to 66 million years ago. A lovely group of five prehistoric teeth that have undergone fossilization. First, a mosasaurus tooth with a pronounced tooth edge in gradating hues of cream to toffee; it has a chalky stone 'root' which holds it in place. Next are four ancient cave bear teeth with enamel in hues of cream and orange; lovely dark veining runs throughout the exterior, and two of four teeth have chipped tips which expose the interior dentine composition. Each tooth is encased in a thin stone shaft, though the hollow root area of the largest is exposed. Size of mosasaur tooth: 1.125" L (2.9 cm), and 3.75" L (9.5 cm) with stone root; size of largest cave bear tooth: 1.875" L (4.8 cm), and 3.5" L (8.9 cm) with stone root.

Provenance: private Vaught collection, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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All teeth have chips and abrasions to enamel surfaces and stone 'roots' with some discoloration. Two cave bear teeth have missing tips, and majority of largest tooth repaired. Mosasaurus tooth has minor loss to enamel surface and slight wear to tip.

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Lot of 5 Fossilized Cave Bear & Mosasaur Teeth

Estimate $600 - $900Jan 18, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA