Early Pliocene to Early Holocene, probably from the later part of this spectrum, ca. 5 million years ago to 5000 years ago. A fantastically-preserved mammoth tooth with nicely displayed structures. There are some small areas of quartz (silica), indicative of the fossilization process, which may give a clue to its place of original. For example, fossils found in the Wind River Formation in Wyoming often have the original organic matter replaced by silica. Mammoth teeth are highly specialized, some of the largest grinding teeth in the animal kingdom, adapted to crush woody vegetable matter in ancient forests. Size: 12.2" W x 4.25" H (31 cm x 10.8 cm); 8.05" H (20.4 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Chicago, Illinois, USA collection
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