My name is Diana Davey. I am a high school teacher at Pontotoc High
School in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Recently my student, Adam Gregory,
brought a rather large tooth to school to show me. I don't really know
if anyone would be interested in the tooth or not. It has a section of
bone attached that is breaking away slowly. Adam is interested in some
information on the specimen if you might be able to help him.
The fossil was found in Pontotoc County at the bottom of a creek bed.
Adam says that the creek bed had approximately 15 foot banks. He found
the specimen between two adjacent farm fields.
Moderator's note: This tooth has been identified by Dr. Glenn Storrs,
Vertebrate Curator of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and
Science. It is an unworn molar of an American Mastodon, Mammut
americanum (genus and species). It's a beauty! Nice find Adam!