A well preserved wooly mammoth lower molar tooth featuring many plates of dentine surrounded by enamel, the number of plates determines the age and species of the tooth. At the bottom is the root which held the tooth in place. This mammoth tooth is from the Pleistocene era – which spanned from 2 million years ago to 11,000 years ago. The tooth was found in the North Sea.
Date: Circa 2 million - 11,000 years ago Period: Pleistocene Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (DG), purchased on the London Art Market from an ADA member, formed 1990's onward. Lincolnshire find. Condition: Good condition - there are some earthly encrustations along the fossil's surface.
Mammoth teeth were composed of a series of angled plates amalgamated together. Given the number of plates on this example, this tooth is likely a woolly mammoth tooth, which tended to have at least 18, contrarily from the average of 15 plates seen on Steppe mammoths’ teeth. On average a mammoth would go through six sets of teeth as they aged, each tooth would be replaced by a larger one.
Woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) was a species of mammoth existed during the Pleistocene Era, also known as the ‘Great Ice Age’, until its extinction in the Holocene epoch. Thanks to the discovery of frozen carcasses in Siberia and Alaska, this species is the best known in terms of appearance and behaviour.
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