Animals and Their Teeth

Starting Monday, March 25th, the National Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public on Mondays for the summer. We will be utilizing these days to develop new exhibits and resources for the upcoming year, as well as utilizing this time to make our collection of over 40,000 objects and archival materials more accessible to the public. If you'd like to volunteer to help us with our collections or exhibitions on Mondays, please contact Patrick Cutter at 410-706-0600 or by visiting our Volunteer page.

The museum will remain open Tuesday through Friday during our normal operating hours, 9am-4pm, for walk-ins and group tours during this time. 

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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