I discovered the attached Equus molar back in February 2018 at the Martin Marietta Clark’s Mine in New Bern, NC. The fossil was laying next to some brush and trees on a small ridge away from the spoil piles. Due to limitation on how many attachments I can send I will send other pictures that are more detailed. I don’t know if this helps your forum but decided to put it here and then if you think its significant, it could be considered to be added to the Belgrade Mine Forum.
Hi Paul–Thanks for your Forum post. I am sorry that it has taken me a few days to respond.
I always like to learn about new discoveries of fossil horses. Yes, the tooth that you found is of Equus. It is an upper molar in moderate wear, meaning that it was from an advanced adult (not juvenile or senior citizen).
Fossil Equus teeth are not surprizing for North Carolina, but any new discovery adds to our knowledge base. If you have photos of it with a ruler (for scale) and upload it to our FOSSILS gallery, it will contribute new knowledge to science through this occurrence. Do you know if other fossil horses, or other Ice Age mammals have been found at the same locality? This would be interesting as well.
I really appreciate your interest in this fossil and wanting to connect with us via this forum! I’d be happy to correspond with you more about this.