Back on April 3, I reported that we had recovered a huge crocodilian tooth from Carmel Church (Thecachampsa or Gavialosuchus, depending on which worker you listen to). I’ve now had time to get that tooth back to the lab, clean it up, and compare it to the other teeth we’ve collected. As I suspected, it is the largest crocodilian tooth we’ve ever recovered at Carmel Church (above).
I noticed some other curious points in checking on this tooth. For many years the largest teeth known from the quarry were the two on the right above (the third tooth from the left is longer, but the fourth has a greater diameter). The second tooth from the right was only collected last August 10:
If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you may have noticed that over the last several years we’ve been excavating a single small pit at the quarry. That means that these two gigantic teeth were found less than five feet apart! Here are all the crocodilian teeth recovered from this pit, over an area of perhaps 10X20 feet (I’ve excluded teeth that were clearly reworked):
When I showed these teeth to Brett, she noticed that the second largest tooth seems to have a comparable wrinkle in the enamel, although it’s less prominent and difficult to photograph. I strongly suspect that at least the two largest teeth come from the same individual crocodilian. As crocodilians have a variety of tooth sizes, I think it’s possible that several of the teeth in the photo able came from the same individual.