Tapir Tooth Teeth Molar Fossils

Fossil Teeth for Sale






Description:


Common Name:   Tapir Tooth Fossil
Genus/Species:   Tapirus veroensis
Age:                     2.4 Million – 11,000 Years old
Period:                 Pleistocene
Formation:           Alachua
Location:             Taylor County, Florida, USA


These are 2 Tapir Teeth Fossils, Tapirus veroensis sp.. These fossil Tapir Teeth are about 11,000 - 2.4 Million Years Old and are from the Pleistocene Period or Ice Age. Recovered from the Ice Age deposits of Florida, USA. Solid preservation, excellent teeth caps with no roots. This is a good example of Florida's Ice Age Prehistoric Wildlife. No repairs, restoration, Actual Specimen Pictured & Guaranteed Authentic.


They are primitive hoofed browsers with a trunk-like nose and look similar to a large pig. But there nearest relatives are the horses and rhinos. The short trunk is used to sniff out and guide vegetation into the mouth.

These prehistoric mammals are good swimmers that usually stay close to water to cool themselves and avoid predators.

They have low-crowed teeth with distinct ridges and chisel-shaped incisors.

Appearing in the Early Eocene around 55 Million Years ago, they were members of the Perissodactyls. Tapirus veroensis sp. went extinct around 11 Thousand Years ago. The oldest known Tapir from the fossil record of Florida is a lower fossil tooth from the Early Miocene in Hernando County, Florida.

There were four fossil species of Tapirus known to have lived in Florida.

Weighing up to 500-600 pounds, these robust primitive mammals have changed little in millions of years. They are still alive today with three modern species in Central and South America, and one in Southeast Asia.


Size:  1" L x 1" W



Price: out of stock  
Item #:  T010  

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