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PTYCHODUS TOOTH (LARGE) - Southern England

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PTYCHODUS TOOTH
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About 90 million years old
(Upper Cretaceous period)


Ptychodus is an extinct genus of shark and the most distinctive of the Chalk fish fossils. It is known only by teeth, jaws and vertebrae.  The teeth are highly unusual, ornamented with parallel ridges surrounded by granular ornamentation. They were aligned in rows to form a 'crushing pavement', which was used to crush the shells of molluscs and other shellfish. 

This fossil is from an old university collection but the locality has not been recorded. It is most likely to have come from a Chalk quarry in Kent or East Anglia.

This is a beautiful little fossil with a highly attractive, lustrous surface. It is presented in a vintage glass-topped museum display box.


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Size: 3.7 x 3.4 x 1.4 centimetres (size of tooth)
Weight: 16 grams (weight of tooth)

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PTYCHODUS TOOTH (LARGE) - Southern England
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