Photo: A toothy grimace

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Photo by Richard Brady

Though the findings have not yet been officially confirmed, the Rappahannock News did receive some fairly convincing photographic evidence that the mysterious giant tooth found by the Metcalf family in a creek near Washington belonged not to a prehistoric whale, but a more likely native: a black bear. “I found these bear teeth from a Virginia black bear that I took while bow-hunting here in Flint Hill in about 1985,” wrote columnist Richard Brady, who sent in this photo of his tooth next to our Dec. 27 photo of the Metcalfs’ find, which at least one natural history expert told them might’ve been from a prehistoric whale.

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