World's Largest Tooth Now Owned by Harvard

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Title

World's Largest Tooth Now Owned by Harvard

Subject

Boston Globe
Harvard University. Dental School. Museum
Articles
Boston Traveler

Description

In 1929, Boston newspapers ran some unusual articles on the latest acquisition of the Dental Museum. This was no human Tooth, but a mastodon's tusk estimated to be 50,000 years old. Over 11 feet long and weighing 300 pounds, it was one of the largest such specimens ever found. On a trip to Alaska, Adelbert Fernald obtained the tusk from a prospector who discovered it in a bank of the Porcupine River, beyond the Arctic Circle. The mastodon's tusk traveled by dogsled and boat and ultimately found its way to Harvard's Dental Museum. The current whereabouts of the mastodon tusk are, however, unknown.

Abstract

Newspaper clippings from the Boston Globe and the Boston Traveler concerning the acquisition of mastadon tusk by the Dental Museum

Creator

Boston Globe and Boston Traveler

Date Created

1929 January 09-10

Rights

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in this collection. For use information, consult Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu

Access Rights

Access to the original work depicted requires advance notice. Contact Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu for additional information

Is Part Of

Harvard Medical Library Rare Books Collection (E17.AC1922 File)

Format

text

Extent

2 articles

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

DigID0002332

Provenance

From the Archives of the Harvard Dental School

Files

http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/file_upload/0002332_dref.jpg
mastodon_tooth.jpg

Citation

Boston Globe and Boston Traveler, “World's Largest Tooth Now Owned by Harvard,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed December 15, 2018, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6489.

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  2. mastodon_tooth.jpg