Fish – shark
Shark in woodland?
Shark teeth can be very common especially where the London Clay is being eroded by the sea at places such as the Isle of Sheppey in the Thames Estuary or the slightly younger Barton Beds at Barton on Sea in Hampshire. However, this specimen is an unlikely find as it was discovered near T E Lawrence’s Cottage in Moreton Wood, Dorset – some seven miles from the coast. Yet, when the clay was formed, this area was under the sea.
Shark teeth are very hard and resistant to erosion, so this one has survived as the underlying clays weathered over thousands of years.
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