Zygorhiza kochii (Archaeocete whale)

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    A TOP QUALITY, EXTRA LARGE & very rare Archaeocete whale, Zygorhiza kochii, from Harleyville, So. Carolina. Our 2nd November Fossil of the Month is a highly desirable Zygorhiza molar or "yoke" tooth.  An exceptional chocolate brown colored crown and tan root. The crown has fantastic articulation with incredible detail. Complete root. This tooth has minimal repair to tips of the 3 cusps on the left side only. Very little repair overall for a yoke tooth which are typically heavily repaired.  One of the BEST Archaeocete molars that I have seen from So. Carolina in a long time. A very rare collector's tooth. Museum Quality.  Note - 6" x 8" Riker frame included. One of my favorites!

    SC1322        SIZE: 3-3/4"

    Note - 14 new Archaeocete whale teeth from So. Carolina added in November 2017. Our largest selection of top quality Archaeocete teeth ever!                     Archaeocete Whale catalog link.

    A very rare tooth from Zygorhiza kochii, an Archaeocete whale. The Archaeocete is an ancient whale that evolved and became extinct at the end of the Eocene. Archaeocetes lived from about 50 million years ago to about 37 million years ago. The earliest archaeocetes were terrestrial to semi-aquatic animals which probably fed on marine prey. Later archaeocetes were feeding and spending most of their time in the sea, while returning to land to breed and/or give birth. The latest archaeocetes were the first fully aquatic cetaceans. Zygorhiza kochii represents the latter fully aquatic species.  

    Please note that all of these Zygorhiza kochii teeth were found in the Santee Limestone Formation from quarries around Harleyville, S.C., and are the finest quality. These teeth are from the Eocene (38 million years ago). 

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