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November 30, 2012

Originally posted on Research & Collections:

Earlier this year, I blogged about a fun request I received to identify a mysterious alien creature, which turned out to be (spoiler alert!) a guitarfish.  That blog received widespread attention and generated a lot of interest and buzz….people like a good mystery.  Well, friends, it’s happened again!  Here’s the scoop on this latest mystery critter:

A nice lady named April (no last names, please!) contacted me recently, explaining that she was poking through a large pile of shells on the beach during a recent trip to Myrtle Beach, SC.  From within this pile, she excavated a large, blackened, weird-looking tooth and was very interested in finding out what kind of creature it might have popped out of.  Could the Museum help?

Of course we can!

tooth specimen 1

You thought YOUR wisdom teeth hurt!!!!

So, April sent me a few photos that she took of the tooth, which I promptly sent…

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