Unknown - fragment of two teeth in jaw with matrix

Specimen number: NHMUK PV M 102043

Specimen Link: http://data.nhm.ac.uk/object/3d3ca85d-db0e-46e1-b14b-c1b99f3011b7

Taxon: Unknown

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

Retrieved: 08:02 20 Jun 2019 (GMT)

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