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Lot 0318
**Originally Listed At $300**

Early Pliocene to Holocene, 5 million years ago to 50,000 years ago. A collection of six teeth from Equus, the most recent and only surviving genus from the once highly diverse family of horses. Horse teeth like these show the pattern of dentition known as hypsodont, meaning they are high-crowned teeth with enamel extending past the gum line, allowing extra material for wear and tear. This is suitable for an abrasive diet of eating grass - grasses contain phytoliths, silica-rich granules, which wear away teeth, so these teeth are an adaptation to that. They are displayed in a clay matrix. Size: 8.8" L (in display); approximate size of individual teeth: 1.25" W x 3" H (22.4 cm x 3.2 cm x 7.6 cm)

Provenance: Ex-Private Ventura County, CA collection

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#118500

Condition

All teeth show signs of wear as expected; one is slightly broken at the root.

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Fossilized Ancient Horse Teeth in Faux Matrix (6)

Estimate $500 - $700Jul 30, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA