Large Rostral Tooth (#005)
The photos shown are of the exact tooth you will be receiving.
This tooth once belonged to a prehistoric sawfish of the family Onchopristis. Sawfish still exist today, and are some of the largest known fish species. They are identifiable by their long snout which is lined on either side with sharp teeth called “denticles”.
The rostral snout of this species grew up to 6.6 ft (2 m) long and likely had electroreceptors in it to detect prey and may have even raked its barbed denticles through the aquatic floor to snag food. Its full body grew up to 26 ft (8 m) long.
Onchopristis was one of the earliest sawfish. This fossil dates to the Albian age of the Early Cretaceous, approximately 100–113 million years ago.
Sawfish were once common in waters around the world, but are now considered one of the most threatened groups of marine fish. All 5 remaining species are now endangered.
Due to the fragility of rostral teeth, it is common to receive a tooth that has been professionally repaired.