Beautiful tooth of extinct N. American horse, Equus leidyi

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Bruce Williams
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Beautiful tooth of extinct N. American horse, Equus leidyi

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Hi folks,

Here's a beautifully preserved fossil tooth of the North American horse, Equus leidyi. It is a river find from Bone Valley, Central Florida. E. leidyi was one of the many large mammals that died out during the "Pleistocene Extinction" some 12,000 years ago.

The tooth is a lower molar, 4cm long and the bite surface measures 25mm x 15mm.

The cusp really is as shiney as it looks in the images.

Pics taken with Minolta A2 and stacked using CombineZM (17 frames).

Any info on this species greatly appreciated :D

Bruce

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Post by beetleman »

Great photos Bruce..you did a fine job on capturing the textures on the surfaces. The ridges are a very interesting pattern. :wink:
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Post by Bruce Williams »

Thanks Doug.

Yes the ridges do make an interesting pattern don't they. Their shape reminds me of something but I can't quite latch onto what???

I have changed the second image (I wasn't happy with it) and sent you a PM to explain. :D

Bruce

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Post by MacroLuv »

Very nice Bruce! :D
Seems it was heavily used and served well. 8)
Reminds of some medieval bulwarks or high mountain pathway. :wink:
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Post by Mike B in OKlahoma »

Beautiful! And a pleasant change from the live stuff we usually get here. I especially like the isometric view.
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Post by Bruce Williams »

Nikola - Thanks for your comment. Yes while I was handling and studying the tooth I was very concious that it was once part of a living, breathing creature with it's own life experience. It experienced birth, relationships with others of its kind, lived through both good and difficult times, probably knew fear and faced its death - in whatever manner. The fact that the owner was a fellow mammal makes it easier to relate to than a dinosaur or ancient shark.

Mike - Thanks for your encouragement. I have collected ancient coins and fossils for many years and photographing them up-close adds enormously to my enjoyment.

Bruce

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