This huge fossil dinosaur tooth is from the largest meat-eating dinosaur that ever lived, Carcharodontosaurus. It is a massive GENUINE specimen that features an original full root - the first time we have seen or handled a fully-rooted tooth from this dinosaur. This rooted tooth would have come from a full-grown, maximum size Carcharodontosaurus! With the crown alone, measuring 3" on the leading edge, the overall straight-line measurement of this amazing dinosaur fossil tooth is slightly over 7 inches in length!
The unusually low price takes into account that there is field restoration to both edges of the tooth as well as a small amount on the tip. What is important to note is that despite this, the root is 100% original to the tooth and not a carved fossil bone or fabricated portion artificially attached as almost all of these fossils are from Morocco. If this tooth had no restoration, this fossil would be selling in the thousands of dollars! It is extremely rare even with the restoration to the crown and a bargain considering its rarity at this price.
Many large dinosaur teeth in the market today have been subject to extensive enhancement and fabrication. As the prices for large specimens continues to climb, the profits that can be gained illicitly are obvious and unless you are well-versed in restoration and repair, even dealers have been fooled. We have seen composites of a root from one tooth attached to the crown of another specimen. We have also seen massive but heavily worn stub teeth with fabricated tips and the entire tooth stained to a lustrous and "too good to be true" finish. This is usually evident in such well-defined and wavy color line where the crown color meets the lower root portion. If you see a large tooth in today's market that is of such extraordinary perfect condition, you should be HIGHLY SUSPECT AND GET EVERY POSSIBLE GUARANTEE OF NO FABRICATION OR RESTORATION IN WRITING BY THE DEALER!!! Ebay is THE worse for getting stuck by these. One dealer routinely sells amazingly large and extraordinary specimens that are mostly plastic. After years of doing this, he still has somehow avoided even a NEUTRAL feedback!!!
Don't be fooled when you are shopping for ANY large dinosaur teeth. These are common practices of both unscrupulous and uninformed dealers. It really pays to know who you are buying from! We see both of these practices done quite frequently in the large tooth market and numerous junk teeth are selling for ridiculous high prices as well as "too good to be true" prices. (ESPECIALLY on EBAY where fake EVERYTHING is RAMPANT!)
Stick with a dealer who actually has direct experience with performing restoration work so he or she intimately KNOWS what to look for. This is MUST! We have over two decades of experience in this field and we WILL DISCLOSE any work done when we sell a specimen.