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Extinct Goblin
Anomotodon novus (Winkler)

Age - Eocene  Commonality - Uncommon

 The most distinguishing characteristics of this species is the lack of cusplets and the extension of the cutting edge onto the root. The anterior teeth of  Anomotodon novus are delicate looking with long thin crowns. Very faint striations are normally present on the lingual surface of the crown. There is a strong nutrient grove and lingual protuberance on the root. Laterals also lack cusplets and have the cutting edge extent onto the root but are rarely collected due to their small size. Anterior teeth average between 1 - 2 cm (3/4 inch) long and laterals about 5 mm. 

 


 

Anomotodon novus

Labial and lingual view of Anomotodon novus 
anterior
Monmouth County, NJ


 


Anomotodon novus 
lateral
Monmouth County, NJ

 


 

Anomotodon novus  profile

Profile view of an anterior tooth
Weak striations are noticeable in this picture, these may be lacking
in some specimens. 
 


 

Labial view
Small sand tigers with broken cusplets can easily be mistaken for
A. novus. The basal margin of the crown does not follow the curve of
the root as it does in most sand tigers.
  
 


 

Anomotodon novus

A very distinguishing characteristic of this species is
the continuation of the cutting edge onto the root.
 

 


 

 

 

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