Friday mystery object #420

This week I have another real mystery object for you to have a go at identifying. This was dredged off the sea floor, on the extreme western edge of the European continental shelf where it meets the Atlantic Ocean:

There are a few possibilities, so I’d be interested to hear what you think. You can leave your suggestions, observations and questions in the comments box below.

Have fun!

10 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #420

  1. So it might be a tooth? My first thought was horn, or walrus tusk. But since the first two responses are suggesting elephant tusk, I’ll go with that.

    Why couldn’t it be horn dagnabbit? A nice big ruminant horn? I’ve seen smaller horns look pretty much like that.

  2. Looks like a bovid horn sheath to me. But what one? Poking around,looks like an ox ,and found that vikings used them as drinking horns. Amazon has replicas for $46.

  3. Certainly a tusk although it is not easy to distinguish the enamel and dentine layers on the photo of the section. It is way to straight for a Mammoth. Could be Elephant but even if Paolo might have large hands, it is difficult to handle the base of an elephant tusk with one hand. The section is oval, the wall of the root not very thick. I suppose this tusk belongs to one walking on it.

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