From the Pleistocene deposits of the Suwannee River, this is an extremely rare fossil tooth of a Pleistocene Black Bear, Ursus americanus. The genus Ursus was the last bear of Eurasia to migrate to North America. Fossils of the extinct Short-Face Bear are very rare but even more rare are the fossils of the Black Bear from the Late Pleistocene era. While this bear is still alive today, prehistoric remains of this bear are highly uncommon and make for a very rare addition to prehistoric mammal fossil exhibits. Fossil collections showing the varieties of prehistoric bears seldom have any fossils of this species in their inventory including museum collections.
This specimen is a complete molar with root from Ursus americanus. The additional enhancing feature of this fossil is that there is pathology on one of the roots as seen above. The molar shows the finest preservation making it not only a rare fossil but a beautiful example, as well. Crown shows beautiful enamel and root is complete and unbroken. This certainly will be amongst your rarest specimens as very few fossils of ANY type are found or offered from this bear.