UNBROKEN AND COMPLETE INVESTMENT GRADE
TYRANNOSAURUS REX TOOTH
Hell Creek Formation -
CRETACEOUS PERIOD: 68 - 65 million years ago
TYRANNOSAURUS TEETH are usually quite ugly despite their
steep prices reflecting their rarity and market demand. No type of
dinosaur commands more respect and fascination than the members of the
tyrannosaur family and a T. rex tooth or fossil seems to be at the top
of every dinosaur fancier's list. Without question, fine quality teeth
and bones of these
dinosaurs will steadily appreciate year after year as limited legal
collecting regions in the United States continue to be scavenged and
produce less and less fine quality specimens.
is exceptionally well-preserved and INTACT fossil tooth of an adult
Tyrannosaurus rex. It was found unbroken and is complete from
the base to the pointed tip. It measures 3.4 inches along the edge
and is THE FINEST, LARGE T. REX TOOTH WE HAVE EVER OFFERED FOR
SALE TO DATE. Serrations are very crisp and
complete with only slight natural feeding wear on a small segment as
seen above. Seldom do
you encounter choice grade T. rex teeth that like this specimen
NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION.
Take note, this
will probably be one of the finest T. rex teeth you will ever see
offered. This is the NUMBER ONE dinosaur to have a tooth from and
even the most hideous and plastic-filled teeth fetch lofty prices.
While we have collected T. rex specimens in the past, and
constantly get requests for teeth, never have we come across something
as nice as this tooth!
Examples of this SIZE
and QUALITY that are UNBROKEN are BEYOND RARE!
Lately, we have seen a variety of sellers offering Nanotyrannus
teeth from the same formation (which are more laterally compressed and
less robust than T. rex teeth), and even Carcharodontosaurus teeth
from Morocco, as Tyrannosaurus rex teeth.
The difference in value and price is SUBSTANTIAL between these
different theropod teeth so emphasis should be not only on the existence
of repair or restoration but on accurate identification, as well.
A photo above of this tooth offered here shows the edge view with
classic D profile and offset serration line as well as a more robust
cross-sectional profile compared to Nanotyrannus. An
equal-sized Nanotyrannus tooth would sell for a TENTH OR LESS of
the price of a T. rex tooth of the SAME length and quality!
Whether it be ignorance or deceit, we have seen numerous instances of
Nanotyrannus teeth being sold online as T. rex!
Which makes this fossil
tooth being offered here an extraordinary find. It is important to
highlight that where others have sold teeth as complete and they were
only the tips, this is THE COMPLETE TOOTH evidenced by the nature of the
diminishing serrations on the trailing edge and anatomy of the tooth on
the base. The tooth was amazingly found 100%
complete AND UNBROKEN. The tip is complete
with moderate feeding wear as can be expected for such an enormous
meat-eating dinosaur. Remarkably, it was never broken
and survived as it was found in the condition you see it in the above
photos. The serrations are exquisite and run all the way from the
very base where the tooth was embedded in the jaw, to the tip with only
a tiny segment worn below the tip.
The enamel is simply gorgeous with a complex grain in a variation of
light and medium brown hues. The entire surface has no enamel peel or missing portions of enamel
which is very rare.
The tooth looks even better in
person!!! VERY Highly
recommended and absolutely guaranteed to appreciate in value as fine
grade fossils have already proven to do.
This is the NUMBER ONE dinosaur to have a tooth from and
even the most hideous and plastic-filled teeth fetch strong prices.
Speaking from extensive field experience searching for these fossils, it is a seldom occurrence in the life of a fossil
hunter to discover a Tyrannosaurus rex tooth that is complete
and fully intact with top preservation as this example is.
The staff of Paleo Direct
is fully experienced and regularly performs all phases of fossil repair
and restoration on their premises where needed. We operate 3
preparation labs and have 23 years of experience in finding, preparing
and conserving both paleontological and archaeological specimens. This work is
always disclosed on our website voluntarily, and can be found in the
text of the fossils we offer. Caveat emptor
when it comes to dealers that buy already prepared specimens because there is a great tendency to stretch the truth when it
comes to completeness and authenticity as the financial rewards ARE
VERY HIGH on fossils from this dinosaur, ESPECIALLY!
This is a
very important issue in the fossil business as most fossils
have some repair and/or restoration.
Purchasing specimens FROM
THE ACTUAL PERSON OR PERSONS DOING THE PREPARATION WORK is VITAL for you
the buyer, to know what you are getting.
Buying rare fossils from a seller that just goes to a show or broker,
buying from someone else who simply echoes what they were told is the
best way to get a mystery fossil with no recourse to
determine as to what kind of work has been done. This kind of rampant
misrepresentation in the fossil market is one of the key arguments the
science community uses to discourage buying fossils in the first place!
To be sure that what you are buying is accurately and honestly
deal with a highly experienced professional who is actively engaged in,
as well as has first-hand
knowledge AND experience with regard to fossil preparation, repair and
restoration. Equally important is a complete understanding of the anatomy of the
specimen and animal at hand.
remains of T. rex represent the pinnacle of dinosaur fossil collections
and exhibits the world over. Their universal appeal and rarity
compared to ever-increasing market demand put fine quality
Tyrannosaurus rex fossils at the forefront of highly promising
Be aware of dealers offering
fragmented bones and teeth as being from T. rex. Ignorance and
deception persists in the fossil trade as the financial rewards are
great for wrongly classifying a fossil as from T. rex.
Deal ONLY with reputable and
knowledgeable suppliers who will provide a certificate and lifetime
guarantee of positive identification.
TYRANNOSAURUS REX is synonymous with sheer terror. Just mention
the name and almost anyone, regardless of how much or little they know
about paleontology, will recognize the "Tyrant Lizard King". Long
thought to be the largest meat-eating dinosaur that ever lived, it has
been recently discovered that
Carcharodontosaurus (Giganotosaurus) was actually larger but
not as robust as T. rex. Clearly, the massive proportions and
musculature of Tyrannosaurus rex were meant for one thing, taking down
anything that challenged it or got in its way!
REX grew to up 46 feet long, 20 feet high at the hips and weighed 5 to 7
tons. Despite some claims as to this beast being a clumsy
scavenger, the undeniable facts about T. rex's anatomy indicate quite
the opposite. This enormous killer was built to HUNT.
It had amazing senses for smelling (based on braincase studies and
enlarged lobes for this sense) but more importantly, Tyrannosaurus rex
was HIGHLY DEVELOPED for seeing - something you do not
need when all you "chase" after is a non-moving, dead animal. The
massive five foot skull had 4 inch diameter eye sockets that would have
held a 3 inch diameter eyeball. T. rex possessed
large lobes in its
brain for vision that processed complex sight information. T. rex
also had a unique head compared to most predatory dinosaurs with both
eyes facing forward on the front of its skull. This allowed ideal
depth perception - best needed for stalking and hunting LIVE, running
prey. While other predatory dinosaurs possessed depth perception,
it would not have been as developed as T. rex because of this feature.
Plant-eating dinosaurs have their eyes located on the sides of their
heads which allows them to WATCH FOR PREDATORS from all
directions, something T. rex never needed since it was THE king of
predators and had NO equal in its region.
of a Tyrannosaurus rex were up to 4 feet long. Each dinosaur
possessed approximately 50 to 60 robust, conical teeth that ranged in
size from an inch to over 9 inches long. These teeth were rounder
most other predatory dinosaurs' teeth which enabled T. rex's teeth to
better stand up to crushing bone. Conical teeth can also best
sustain the impact force of hitting the body of its prey when attacking
and holding struggling prey prior to the kill. A similar conical
dentition is seen in MOSASAURS,
fierce marine apex predators from the same period which would have
struck large prey with equal speed and force as T. rex.. Like many
predatory dinosaurs, an adult T. rex had a range of lengths of teeth in
its jaws at any time. Teeth were constantly emerging and replacing
damaged or worn ones.
the sheer robustness of Tyrannosaurus rex required enormous amounts of
protein to sustain such body mass. True scavengers tend to be lean
with wiry, lighter bodies able to function better between the discovery
of carcasses in the wild. Active predators will usually scavenge a
carcass as a 'target of opportunity' which T. rex most probably did, but
the mighty design of T. rex would have been both - 1) unnecessary
up against prey that is not alive to fight back and, 2) of a body mass
difficult to sustain over the lifetime of the beast on the availability
of carrion, alone.
AMAZINGLY RARE CONDITION
AND COMPLETENESS - MOST PROMISING INVESTMENT OF ANY FOSSIL, PERIOD!
TYRANNOSAURUS REX TOOTH OF LARGE PROPORTIONS WE HAVE EVER OFFERED!
3.4" long on
the leading edge
SOLD DT18-043 INCLUDES
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