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Mammal tooth are where you find them.

A huge mammal tooth found while hunting Indian artifacts in Illinois.

Could it be a cow tooth or an Ice Age mammal?

I found this along the banks of Bureau Creek near Tiskilwa, Illinois. It is hard like a rock and seems old.

Collector: Jerry M.

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27 Responses to “Illinois Mammal Tooth”

  1. Scott says:

    Jerry, that is one big tooth! It looks large for a cow tooth, but I won’t rule it out yet and it also has some resemblance to a bison tooth. Streams can have a mix of all sorts of things as you know by now so it could be something modern or from centuries ago or even an Ice Age mammal. Maybe someone here has some ideas?

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  2. Scott says:

    The tooth from August 27 is certainly the lower 3rd molar of a large bovid, probably Bison, could be Bos (cow). –Ted Daeschler, Academy of Natural Sciences.

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  3. KentuckyKathy says:

    I vote Buffalo/Bison. It is obviously in great shape and it is beautiful. It deserves it’s own case!

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  4. Mike says:

    Jerry, I found a similar looking tooth in North Dakota. It is very similar to the one you have. Did you ever positively identify it?

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  5. Jerry Murphy says:

    Mike,
    No, I haven’t had a positive ID. Wish I had.

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  6. steve says:

    i found one just like it on the mississippi river around louisiana missouri. l would like to know what kind of tooth it is myself

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  7. Scott says:

    The August 27 comment is likely the correct identification.

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  8. Keith Hawk says:

    I found one exactly like it also about 23 years ago while squirrel hunting.I have found quite a few Indian arrow heads in that same area also. I always wondered what it was from. I live in Elkview, right outside of Charleston,WV.

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  9. J Ward says:

    My son found one of these also in a creek bed in central Illinois. Please post If you ever have it identified.

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  10. Scott says:

    Don’t forget to check the other comments :)

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  11. Bryan says:

    I don’t want to take away from your exciting find because I know the feeling! However, I have 2, 5 gallon buckets full of these teeth. It is 100% a lower molar from a fully matured (more than likely dead) cow. There are mammals with similar teeth, even prehistoric ones, which can be mistaken for cow, but this one is a picture perfect example of a cow molar. I wish I could upload pix bc I have a few that, if I were to place next to this one, it would look like a mirror reflection. Great pic and topic for discussion!

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  12. emily says:

    i found a couple just like that in upper sandusky ohio

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  13. I have found exactly the same molar in a Dutch pebblestone-quarry.

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  14. Sean says:

    This is a oxe or bison tooth because i have one aswell and i found it in the ilse of wight on a beach i researched it allot

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  15. Dalton Crabs says:

    I found this tooth exactly like that one in an Iowan river just along my house but didnt know what animal it belong to.

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  16. Kolby N says:

    Ok guys, I’ve found a very similar tooth in the red river in Hope, AR. If anyone can help me please email me and ill send you any pictures you might need for ID on this huge fossilized tooth! Thank you

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  17. Scott says:

    There’s some good comments here including some from professional paleontologists so be sure to read through them with the “more comments” link. If you would like to share a picture with My Fossil Find, please click the “pages” link at the top of the page and look for our photo submissions page. We need a clear, close up picture plus some info about where you found your fossil. Thank you–Scott

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  18. John Ochavillo says:

    I’m from the Philippines. A couple of weeks ago, after the storm ‘Gener’ I found a similar tooth in our shorelines. A day thereafter, I found similar finds in other places but with skeleton. It seems it came from a cow or cow family. I’m not sure though.

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  19. bob says:

    If it’s a domestic cow’s molar as Bryan says, that means it is from modern times. If it’s really fossilized, it would have to be at least 10,000 years old, right? Did Illinois have domestic cattle 10,000 years ago?

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  20. bill says:

    I’ve found two of these lately in a creek bottom that is surrounded by cattle. I’ve also concluded that they are cow molars and are NOT fossils.

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  21. emma says:

    My boy found one like just in Devon teignmouth.. No idea. Yet

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  22. john w says:

    I just found one hiking along the Minnesota River. It was slightly smaller but still very similar. This is my best lead.

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  23. Malissa says:

    So how is the one I Found in an ocean explained…in Santa Barbara California….nobody can identify the one I found…..no cows nearby.

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  24. Lu says:

    If it’s a cow tooth…cannot a veterinary ID it ? They pull them all the time on horses and cattle. I’m hoping it’s a bison tooth

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  25. w. taylor says:

    I have one very similar plus a molar. Found on beach of Sakonnet River, RI. also many other different bones.

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  26. dino says:

    I have a couple teeth very similar although not as big. I found one on a beach in Hawaii and one on the SF bay shoreline. I know there have been zillions of cows in both places. They both appear to be fossils as they are quite solid and heavy. One of them looks kinda like a Hipparion tooth I saw on another website. If Ted Daeschler ever comes back to this page I hope he can be more specific. Bison like the old giant kind or modern? Cow from the present or one from the past? Is the tooth from Aug.27th fossilized or isn’t it? Thanks to anyone who can confirm.

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  27. ROYAL ROBINSON says:

    i just found one just like it but the teeth are fossilized cause the teeth are hollow and black
    , and shiny

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