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Are these fossil teeth/canines or just rocks?
« on: 04/09/2013 17:41:30 »
When I was younger I always dug in the prairie behind my house, well after going through all my old stuff I found these in my lock box from 15 years ago that I completely forgot about. I would love to know if they are rocks or actual canine teeth. Any help would be greatly appreciated!








 

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Re: Are these fossil teeth/canines or just rocks?
« Reply #1 on: 04/09/2013 19:23:41 »
Horn Coral ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugosa

If it's any consolation they are older than dinosaur teeth.
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Re: Are these fossil teeth/canines or just rocks?
« Reply #2 on: 05/09/2013 05:23:34 »
Thank you so much! I have been very anxious all day to find out what these were. what's odd is I found them in Ohio, I'm guessing they are from way back when Ohio used to be a glacier. What era do you suppose these are from? I've searched but it comes up with a few different ones, are these worth anything? Possibly rare? I plan on keeping them or donating them to a museum one day as they are just too amazing to part with finally knowing what they are. Thank you so much for your help, you've helped solve something i've wondered about for 15 years (:
 

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Re: Are these fossil teeth/canines or just rocks?
« Reply #3 on: 05/09/2013 06:28:55 »
... I'm guessing they are from way back when Ohio used to be a glacier.

Further back than that (the last glaciation was only about 15 thousand years ago),
they date from hundreds of millions of years ago when Ohio was at the bottom of a sea, (where these corals lived) ...



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Rugosa [Horn Coral] Temporal range: 488–251.4Ma [ 488–251.4 million years ago ]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugosa

They pre-date the earliest dinosaurs ...
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Dinosaurs Temporal range: Late Triassic–Holocene, 231.4 Ma  [ 231.4 million years ago ]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaurs


... are these worth anything?

Very little ... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fossil-Rugosa-Horn-Coral-Whole-and-Pieces-Mixed-Sizes-No-Red-2-Lbs-6-Oz-0017-/161084011001?

Maybe a specialist can name the specific type/era [or make you an offer] ... http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/forum/14-fossil-id/
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Re: Are these fossil teeth/canines or just rocks?
« Reply #4 on: 06/09/2013 14:25:19 »
Fossils tend to be worth what you can get for them at the time.  A few decades ago, when £5 was a reasonable sum, I saw a boy extract a fossil from the Waltonian Red Crag; a man standing by promptly gave him £5 for it.  It was a complete specimen of Aporrhais pes-pelecani.  Although it is a common species at Walton, it is rarely found complete.  This was just a case of being in the right place at the right time.
 

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