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.
This is a pre-maxillary tooth from a sub-adult T. rex dinosaur. It is an especially rare offering because the tooth features a full root. Rooted teeth are unlike ordinary fossil dinosaur teeth that are usually teeth that were ejected from the dinosaur's jaw when still alive. A rooted tooth can only come from a dinosaur that died with the tooth in its mouth, the rooted tooth falling out from the skull during the fossilization period. The tooth offered here is a pre-maxillary tooth (from the front of the jaw). It boasts of a full root that dominates most of its length. A fully-rooted T. rex tyrannosaur tooth is the RAREST form of tooth you could ever hope for!
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN 32 YEARS WE HAVE EVER OFFERED A FULLY-ROOTED TYRANNOSAURUS REX TOOTH!
Pre-max teeth are scarce as there are only a few of them in each skull. These are that teeth that are the smallest, front teeth, used often, to snatch prey as they lead the dental array in the jaws. Most often, they exhibit natural feeding wear and this superb example is no exception with a tiny bit of the tip showing feeding wear. Remarkably, this tooth survived IN ONE PIECE and was an underground discovery. It has NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION.
While we have collected T. rex specimens in the past, finding an unbroken and fully-rooted tooth is a SUPER RARE discovery!
In December of 2011, a heavily weathered and repaired 5 inch tooth sold in a U.S. auction for a staggering $56,000.00 demonstrating the viability of these teeth to out-perform not only conventional investments, but many rare collectibles. One thing for sure - you do not have to ever lose sleep over owning a top grade, rare fossil of wide public interest. Unlike all other investments, with a collection of supreme grade fossils that have market appeal, you never have the worry of the value plummeting for reasons beyond your control like typical investments.
NOTE: The staff of Paleo Direct is fully experienced and regularly performs all phases of fossil repair and restoration on their premises where needed. 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 almost all 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 buys at a show or from another broker, buying from someone else who simply echoes what they were told, is the best way to get a mystery fossil and get ripped off. 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 represented, only 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.
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. See below photo to help to identify what to look for in REAL T. 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! Whether it be ignorance or deceit, we have seen numerous instances of Nanotyrannus teeth being sold online as T. rex!
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