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Bone-or-Stone

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Hi, I found what I think could be a tooth a while back at Bracklesham Bay. Any help appreciated.

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Hi

I think you have a stone, even fossil teeth actually look like teeth except for the colour it is like they just fell out.

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Bone-or-Stone

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Hi, thanks for the reply.
I'm pretty sure its bone even if just a broken fragment washed up.
It's the small shinny bit making me think it was a tooth or maybe the root.
Here it is next to another found at the same time.

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The poor quality photos don't help.
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Hi

The bottom item is a broken worn tooth. Bone normally has some honeycomb structure on an edge.

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The first fossil may be a worn broken off root from a large shark tooth, a fragment of enamel (?) can be seen in the first pic
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I agree, both are fragmentary worn shark teeth. The larger of the two is mostly root with a small piece of enamel.
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Hello, I have tweaked the 8 photos as best I can, but on balance I don't thing the first is a  tooth but possibly a fragment of very worn bone or root.
If you compthe 2  specimens in the last photo, the differences are obvious (as Janet says, the bottom one looks like a broken tooth).

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It appears to be the root of a shark tooth, if you look very closely in the penultimate picture you can see the enamel on one of the cusplet teeth (side teeth) it is just the main tooth and the rest of the root have broken away or been eroded down
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I am sure it is a bone ( because it has a honeycomb structure) and I am pretty sure that the bone is a tooth most likely sharks (because you can actually see some of the enemal still holding on at the bottom) however the enamel has gone away (probably bashed off by it hitting rocks and eroded by sand) and it has been smoothed by sand and silt over time. I know people are saying it is a root but I beg to differ because the enamel Fossilamn14 is pointed out is pointing towards the point, if it was a root it would be facing the other direction to where the tooth would’ve been.
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Hi, could you rephrase your last comment a bit it is just it didn't make to much sense, are you saying you think it is a tooth or a bone ?
This is what I think they have, it can be seen quite clearly in the penultimate picture

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I think it is a tooth just without the enamel on it.
Thank you for drawing the picture it now makes more sense about your point of view (picture 2) however the enamel isn’t in the right place as shown on this diagram (picture 1) also if you look closely you can see that there are some quite obvious lines running down it indicating the direction in where the rest of the enamel would of been, this leads me to the conclusion of it being a tooth which has lost its enamel (picture 3), just take in mind this is my personal view and I am not an expert to any degree especially on teeth. 😃

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