This stunning horse tooth is from the pleistocene Epoch and judging by the heavy mineralization this tooth is likely from 1-1.25 million years ago. There were more than 6 species of horse in the area during this time period. This tooth has gorgeous enamel and perfectly preserved dentin. The wild pattern you see is enamel, horses have enamel running through their tooth matter rather than a coating like humans have. This is a highly mineralized fossil that could be cut and polished if you wished! This horse tooth was dug from the Suwanee River in Florida by hand! All fossils are legally collected and come with a certificate of authenticity!
The Pleistocene Epoch lasted from 1.25 million years ago to 11,000 years ago. Most recent forms of mammals evolved during the Pleistocene (Pleisto - most; cene - recent) Epoch. A dramatic event of this time period was the last Ice Age. The Pleistocene Epoch also was the last time that a great diversity of mammals lived in North America, including mammoths, mastodons, giant sloths, several llama-like camels, and tapirs. And it was the last epoch native horses lived in North America. The horses were both abundant and diverse. The end of the Pleistocene is marked by the extinction of horses and many other large mammals in North America. Some of the animals that died out in North America survived in other regions. For example, llamas survived in South America and tapirs survived in Asia and South America. Two elephant genera survive in the Old World, in Africa and India, but all the mammoths and mastodons became extinct. The period of time best documented in the fossil record of Florida is the Pleistocene epoch. In fact, Florida is the best source of Pleistocene mammals in the world. During this time there were more than six genera of horses!
This is a weird and wonderful gift to give any horse lover, fossil lover, or collector of oddities!
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