I also posted it to the Fossil Forum, where a number of people remarked about the “ears” on the side of the root of the tooth. I am now super curious about what it is, since I rarely see it on other teeth I find. Does anyone happen to know what it is?
I hope you dont mine me tagging you, but maybe <span class=”atwho-inserted” contenteditable=”false” data-atwho-at-query=”@victor”>@vperez</span> could help out? I read your paper on Megalodon tooth evolution, and it was very informative. I understand you are a Calvert Cliffs meg tooth expert, any help with this would be greatly appreciated!
Hi <span class=”atwho-inserted” contenteditable=”false” data-atwho-at-query=”@james-e”>@james-ellsworth</span>, I see what you are referring to now. I have certainly taken note of this feature before and I know others have as well; however, as far as I know, no one has really provided an explanation for this feature and I don’t think there is any official scientific terminology for it either. I suppose the slight hook shape could aid in anchoring the root within the jaw. I wish I had more answers for you, but this one still remains a mystery.