This is a top grade example of a RARE and fossil tooth of a type PHYTOSAUR known as RUTIODON. Serrations are present and well-defined with excellent preservation. The enamel is intact with a natural luster and a beautiful golden brown hue with fine grain. There is very minor natural feeding wear on the labial side.
Of the small collection we acquired decades ago, this was one of only a couple that were from the FRONT of the jaws - most were shorter and wider lateral teeth. This tooth is a rare and unique offer not only because Rutiodon is not a well-known prehistoric reptile but also because of its dating to the Triassic Period where few vertebrate fossils are ever available for public sale. With this listing, this is the last of these scarce Rutiodon fossil teeth we will have to offer. Their legal provenance from the Petrified Forest Formation coupled with their extraordinary size and preservation qualify for a place in any museum or world-class private collection. Collected by a geologist surveying a private ranch land (hence their legality), these Rutiodon teeth were a rare discovery likely to not ever be repeated.