During the Pleistocene the United States and Florida looked different than it does today.
Florida, especially suffered many changes. Fossils like this Alligator tooth from Florida can tell us many stories of what creatures lived and died back then.
This Pleistocene Florida Alligator Tooth was recovered by divers in a Florida River. These and many other creatures roamed the land, lived and thrived. Often when an animal died it was torn apart by scavengers, bones and teeth were scattered about. Over time the remains were covered by dirt and sediment and began to rot away. But in some cases, especially teeth they survived to become fossilized.
Today many divers and tourists scour the river bottoms and rocky shores to sift and find many ancient treasures. Often shovels and sifting screens are used. The screen is filled with river bottom rocks and pebbles and then it is sifted in the water sometimes revealing ancient bones and teeth. This Pleistocene Florida Alligator Tooth is one example. As rivers change their course over time new outcrops are being discovered. Because this is an ongoing process new fossils are being found every year.
Many creature remains have been found in the rivers of Florida including tapirs, camels, alligators, mastodons, and the list goes on.
This Pleistocene Florida Alligator Tooth is 5/8 long. It comes in this 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 glass-topped leatherette collectors case.