5.0" Partial Southern Mammoth Molar - Hungary

 
 
 
 
This is a 5.0" fossil partial molar of a Southern Mammoth (Mammuthus meridionalis), from Hungary and is between eight hundred thousand and one million years old. This tooth shows heavy wear from fossilization but the prisms (hard enamel structures), dentine and cementum are in good condition.

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Mammuthus meridionalis, or the southern mammoth, is an extinct species of mammoth endemic to Europe and central Asia from the Gelasian stage of the Early Pleistocene, living from 2.5–1.5 mya. With a height of about 4 m. (13 ft) and estimated weight of 8 to 10 tons, M. meridionalis is one of the largest proboscideans to have ever lived. Its molars had low crowns and a small number of thick enamel ridges, adapted to a woodland diet of leaves and shrubs. This indicates it lived on a relatively warm climate and probably lacked the dense fur of the more recent Woolly Mammoth.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Mammuthus meridionalis
LOCATION
Hungary
SIZE
5.0" long, 4.0" tall
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#111847
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