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Bontebok1
I found this tooth whilst looking around South Ferriby. I'm pretty sure it's a horse tooth but wondered if it is a genuine fossil or a modern mammal tooth. Opinions appreciated.
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Rhaetianpenarth207
Sorry I don’t see any photos.
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pauledevans

…in addition to Rp207’s point, I’ve always reflected that fossil teeth and horses are very easy to mistake for one another. 😜

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Elbert
Hello, if you want to know  if the tooth is realy old, clean it and when it is dry, heat it with a flame.
If it stinks, it is recent, if you get no odeur, it will be miniralized and therefore very old.

greets, Bert
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Bontebok1
Sorry guys, not sure what happened to the pictures. I'll try again! Click image for larger version - Name: Horse fossil 2.jpg, Views: 39, Size: 65.79 KB Click image for larger version - Name: Horse fossil.jpg, Views: 42, Size: 67.78 KB
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Bontebok1
pauledevans wrote:

…in addition to Rp207’s point, I’ve always reflected that fossil teeth and horses are very easy to mistake for one another. 😜

Welcome to the forum!


Thanks: i'm very new to this but have already come the same conclusion!
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pauledevans
It’s certainly consistent with a contemporary horse tooth, but that’s not an indicator. Elbert’s suggestion above makes sense as a test, as it’s the mineralisation you’re looking to confirm. Let us know ho it goes 👍
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Bontebok1
Elbert wrote:
Hello, if you want to know  if the tooth is realy old, clean it and when it is dry, heat it with a flame.
If it stinks, it is recent, if you get no odeur, it will be miniralized and therefore very old.

greets, Bert


That's an interesting point! I'll give a whirl and let you know how i get on!
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Bontebok1
Well I tried that, much to my wife's displeasure! It has charred around the edges and crackled a little which might suggest it is bone rather than mineralised but, there is no strong unpleasant smell. It has an odour not unlike when you strike two pieces of flint together. I'm assuming if it was mineralised there would be no organic material to burn and therefore would not char? Click image for larger version - Name: Char.jpg, Views: 17, Size: 48.94 KB
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Rhaetianpenarth207
I think it’s modern.
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