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November 30, 2012

by Jason Cryan

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!

So, April sent me a few photos that she took of the tooth, which I promptly sent out through the Museum staff email…

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