FOSSILS OF NEW JERSEY
Extinct Sand Tiger
Age - Eocene Commonality - Uncommon
The teeth of the Hypotodus verticalis have a smooth crown with noteworthy differences between the upper and lower teet. The upper teeth have a single primary cusp-directed cusplet on each shoulder and a relatively straight crown when viewed on profile. The lowers which differ significantly having a unique “triangular” look to them with a strong lingual protuberance and grove. The upper laterals are compressed with broad cusplets, these teeth may easily be confused with Carcharias cuspidata and the upper laterals with Striatolamia macrota.
Hypotodus verticalis lower
H. verticalis upper lateral?
A good example of the cusp-directed cusplets found on
Left: - Lower lateral, upper lateral