Hello folks, I've been reading over the forums for a while but I'm just now joining. I'm hoping one of you can help me identify a piece of a jawbone. My sister and I were out hiking (along with our combined pack of dogs) in Land Between the Lakes, which is an inland peninsula (the largest in the US) that stretches from west Kentucky, southwards through Tennessee, in between Barkley and Kentucky lakes.
Anyways, we had stopped at this little pond that forms during high tides to let the dogs swim and cool down, and her miniature dachshund walks up to us, happily chewing on this rotted chunk of bone with a few bits of flesh still clinging to it.
Sorry about the quality, it's a cellphone image. I couldn't find a way to link the image here so it's on imageshack. If there are any problems let me know.
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Each of the four teeth is about an inch and a half long with deep saw-like serrations on the inward curve, that wrap around most of the back of the tooth. I would normally think it was a mammal, but the teeth are too large to belong to anything local (bears haven't been seen here in decades, same with wolves) and besides, the structure obviously doesn't coincide with the normal canine jaw pattern most carnivorous mammals have. Any help here is greatly appreciated!