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    ALLOSAUR TOOTH WITH ROOT
    Allosaurus fragilis
    Late Jurassic - 144-156 Million Years Old
    Morrison Formation, Buckshot Quarry, Moffat County, Colorado
    This long slender tooth is from the mouth of the Allosaur; the late Jurassic bipedal theropod who dominated the food chain in the area that is now Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Allosaurus was a large theropod dinosaur that was the apex predator of the Jurassic like T. rex was in the later Cretaceous period. Reaching lengths of up to 35 feet, the Allosaurus weighed up to 3 tons. It was a distant cousin of T. rex, but there is strong evidence that, if anything, Allosaurus was far more ferocious and deadlier than T. rex being more swift and agile with considerably stronger arms and much larger claws. Allosaurus had much better anchored teeth than T. rex (Allosaurus tooth roots are much longer and stronger than those on a comparable T. rex), indicating that it was an active and violent hunter; slashing and tearing at its prey with its mouth.

    Dinosaur teeth have very fragile roots so it is extremely rare for any to be preserved with the roots intact. Here is one such example. This tooth exhibits a gorgeous natural jet-black color on the enamel and root and displays well preserved, fine serrations along the edge of the crown. One area is slightly worn from occlusion with the corresponding tooth in the opposite jaw. Allosaurus teeth in this condition are exceptionally rare and perhaps only one in a thousand is of this quality. Measuring 3 3/4 inches long along the curve, this is a superlative and exceptionally rare dinosaur tooth.


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    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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