RIGHT DENTARY JAW BONE WITH TEETH AND SOCKET DETAIL
Creek Formation, South Dakota, U.S.A.
CRETACEOUS PERIOD: 72 - 65 million years ago
from the famous Hell Creek Formation of Northwestern U.S.A., this is a
rare right dentary (jaw) of one of the most famous
dinosaurs, Triceratops horridus. The fourth photo from the
top shows where this specimen would be located on the skull.
This very rare fossil
represents the majority of the toothed portion of the jaw OF A
FULL-GROWN ADULT TRICERATOPS.
The inner (lingual) side shows superb tooth battery detail with some
teeth low in the jaw and with full crowns as they have not yet erupted
to be used and worn. Unlike small jaw fragments, this is an
extremely rare, large portion and includes obvious anatomical features
for us to be able to exactly locate and know what part of the jaw this
specimen is. The fenestrae (openings in bone) are extremely
well-preserved and complete along with superb bone surface details.
This specimen would make a very impressive display of immense
educational value. The way the teeth battery in the jaw was
designed on the Triceratops is an excellent representation of all
herbivorous dinosaurs. Here with this fossil jaw, all this detail
is readily visible. Since this is the majority portion of the
lower right dentary and it is
INTACT WITH NO REPAIR AND NO FABRICATION,
a specimen such as this is not one that very many private collectors can
boast of having. As Hadrosaur fossil bones are more commonly found
in Hell Creek than Triceratops, this lower jaw can be considered much
more rare than an equivalent from a Hadrosaur dinosaur. This
specimen is substantial in weight and comes from a full-grown adult
Horned ceratopians were
extravagantly well-armored in their head region. Their skulls were
heavy and armed with long, pointed horns. Extending off to the rear
was a great sheet of heavy bone called the "frill". On
some horned ceratopians, this was a solid sheet and likely served as a
shield to protect the neck and even shoulders. On
other types, the frill was an open framework of bone that was covered with
skin, possibly acting as a heat shield or for social display.
The edge of the frill on
most horned ceratopians was armored with blunt, triangular spikes called
Triceratops is the most
famous of the great horned dinosaurs. This plant-eating group has been found in
the fossil record in greater abundance than all the other varieties.
A full grown Triceratops is estimated to have weighed 11 tons, heavier
than a modern African bull elephant. Its skull was 6.5 feet long
with a pair of brow horns that exceeded 3 feet in length.
RARE OPPORTUNITY TO
ACQUIRE A NATURAL LARGE PORTION OF THE LOWER JAW OF THIS FAMOUS DINOSAUR!
long by 5" high
STAND Actual Item - One