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Gem-Quality, Agatized Titanothere Tooth 1.9"

Gem-Quality, Agatized Titanothere Tooth 1.9"

One-of-a-kind! Gem quality, agatized Titanothere tooth cut and polished to reveal the beautiful root structure within!

Above: Titanothere illustration after Burian.

The Titanothere first emerged during the Eocene Epoch and spread from Asia to North America. In North America, the Brontothere or "Thunder Horse" is the most plentiful species in the Eocene-Oligocene formations of Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota, though many species are found throughout the continent.

Above: Several species of Titanothere from Henry Fairfield Osborn's The Titanotheres of ancient Wyoming, Dakota, and Nebraska (1927). The illustrations are by Charles Knight.

These enormous hooved mammals were roughly 14' in length and stood 8' tall at the shoulder. As evidenced by their physiology, they are closely related to tapirs, horses, and rhinos.

Above: 1.9" Titanothere Tooth in Hand

This specimen is a complete, agatized Titanothere tooth (likely upper canine C3). It has been cut in half with each gem-quality side polished to a high sheen to reveal the entire root structure in beautiful detail. The estimated age is 30,000,000 years old.

Above: Exterior of the tooth exhibiting the classic fossilization colors of specimens from these formations.

The specimen was recovered on private land in Nebraska. It was held in a private museum collection for many years. It was acquired at auction in the summer of 2021 after it was deaccessioned from the collection.

Above: Agatized teeth in these formations are exceedingly rare.

Both halves of this singular tooth will ship in one of our padded jewelry boxes. It will also come with a full-sized Mini Museum certificate, and a set of small acrylic stands.

Above: One-half of the tooth displayed on an acrylic stand. The rich colors are evident throughout.

Further Reading

Osborn, Henry Fairfield. The titanotheres of ancient Wyoming, Dakota, and Nebraska. Vol. 55. Department of the Interior, US Geological Survey, 1929. [Google Books - Many awesome diagrams and pictures.]

Tanner, Lloyd G., Larry D. Martin, and C. S. Churcher. "New rhinocerotoids from the Oligocene of Nebraska." Essays in Paleontology in honor of Loris Shano Russell. Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, Life Sciences Miscellaneous Contributions (1976): 210-219.

 

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