Animals and Their Teeth

The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public Monday, September 2nd, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, September, 3rd at our normal time. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Carcharadon rondeletii tooth fossil and shark jaw

Learn how your mouth compares to a shark or a horse.  Analyze skulls from across the animal kingdom to figure out what they eat, if they have had more sets of teeth than you, and why every animal has a different smile.


Animal Skulls – Learn about the teeth of the animal kingdom straight from the horse’s mouth…and of course other animal’s mouths as well.

Carcharodon rondeletii Tooth Fossil – Measuring 4 inches wide and 5 inches long, this tooth comes from the ancestor of the Carcharodon carcharias, more commonly known as the Great White Shark.


To the left:  Top: Fossil tooth of a Carcharodon rondeletii Bottom: Shark mandible (Gift of Department of Anatomy, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, Univesity of Maryland).


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