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MAMMOTH TOOTH - about 20,000 years old - Dredged off Clacton, Essex

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TOOTH OF A WOOLLY MAMMOTH

About 20,000 years old
 
Dredged from the North Sea, off Clacton, Essex

 
A small, but complete woolly mammoth tooth. It is the last remaining part of the tooth that has been worn down by constant use, and about to be replaced with a new tooth from behind. 
  

This tooth was dredged from a gravel bank about 6 miles off the Essex coast by an Essex aggregate company. During the coldest periods of the Ice Age the North Sea was dry land and occupied by herds of large mammals. 
  
Mammoth bones and teeth are relatively young in geological terms and so are only partially fossilised. For this reason they are usually treated with a preservative to prevent them cracking. 
  

MAMMOTH TEETH
A mammoth’s molar teeth consisted of enamel ridges separated by dentine and as the teeth grind together the ridges break up the food.  Mammoth teeth were very resistant to wear because their diet consisted of tough grass, which contained grit.  A mammoth had six sets of teeth in its life and at any one time only one tooth was in use on each side of the lower and upper jaws.  As each tooth wore down it was pushed up until it was discarded and replaced with a new one from behind. 

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Size: 10 x 10 x 5 centimetres
Weight: 418 grams

PRICE: £68.00
MAMMOTH TOOTH - about 20,000 years old - Dredged off Clacton, Essex
MAMMOTH TOOTH - about 20,000 years old - Dredged off Clacton, Essex MAMMOTH TOOTH - about 20,000 years old - Dredged off Clacton, Essex MAMMOTH TOOTH - about 20,000 years old - Dredged off Clacton, Essex MAMMOTH TOOTH - about 20,000 years old - Dredged off Clacton, Essex