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John wrote at 2013-03-10 21:18:03
There are two features which allow killer whale and sperm whale teeth to be identified. The root canal, the hole along the inside the tooth, is very narrow in a killer whale but is very wide and gets progressively narrower, like a cone, in a sperm whale. Secondly the sperm whale tooth is completely made of dentine (ivory) where as the tip of the killer whale tooth is covered by very hard enamel, like human teeth. I think what is shown here is a sperm whale tooth.


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