Description

    A MASSIVE T. REX TOOTH
    Tyrannosaurus rex
    Late Cretaceous - Maastrichtian Age
    Hell Creek Formation, Harding County, South Dakota

    T. rex teeth have been described by a famous paleontologist as "deadly bananas" and this tooth is quite accurately described by that phrase. A huge spike measuring 4 5/8 inches in length by 1 5/8 inches wide at the base by 1 1/8 inches thick, this tooth epitomizes what it is to be a T. rex tooth. Based on its shape and size, this tooth is most-likely from the anterior maxilla (upper jaw), with the enamel blade portion of the tooth being 3 3/4 inches, but, in the skull, this tooth would've extended a full 4 3/4 inches out from the jaw line, making that the effective length that would be felt in any bite! This tooth was collected in 1987 near the town of Buffalo, South Dakota on private ranch land. The tooth exhibits an interesting mottled chocolate-brown background color with lots of blue-gray checking and dendrites giving this specimen a very unusual appearance. The blue-gray dendrites are the result of the action of stomach acid leaching the tooth. Thus, the tooth was broken off and swallowed during combat. Who knows how long this tooth resided in the stomach of its owner, but it was long enough for the acid to etch a loop-shaped canal around the edges of the wear facet near the tip. This tooth still possesses excellent serrations along the posterior cutting edge or carina in spite of its prolonged acid bath! An impressive tooth of near maximum size.


    Estimate: $6,500 - $8,000.

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