Unknown - fragment of two teeth in jaw with matrix
Specimen number: NHMUK PV M 102043
Description: Fragment of two teeth in jaw with matrix
Site: Based on preservation, this probably came from Punta Alta, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Age: Late Pleistocene i.e., between 126,000 and 11,700 years old
Collection: Probably found between September and October 1832 or between August and September 1833 by Charles Darwin (specific date was not recorded)
Comments: This specimen has been associated with the other Darwin specimens in the collection since at least 1884 and is probably part of Darwin’s collection. The preservation is very similar to other specimens from Punta Alta, particularly the lower jaw of Toxodon (specimen number NHMUK PV M 16566).
Toxodon is an extinct herbivorous (plant eating) mammal from South America. It is often reconstructed to look like a cross between a hippopotamus and a rhinoceros, although it is not closely related to either. It was first described by Richard Owen based on specimens collected by Charles Darwin on the Voyage of the Beagle.
Cite this as
Pip Brewer, Kate Burton, Adrian Lister (2018). Dataset: Darwin's Fossil Mammals. Resource: Unknown - fragment of two teeth in jaw with matrix. Natural History Museum Data Portal (data.nhm.ac.uk). https://doi.org/10.5519/0086786
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|Last updated||April 3, 2018|
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