Partial Diplodocus Tooth - Morrison Formation

 
This
Diplodocus skeletal mount at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Diplodocus skeletal mount at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
is a partial tooth of the giant sauropod dinosaur, Diplodocus. It comes from a private quarry in the Morrison Formation just outside of Dinosaur, CO. Diplodocus teeth are a relatively rare occurrence the quarry. The partial tooth is .43" long and prepared so that it is displayed in it's original position in the sandstone matrix. The bottom of the matrix has been sawed off so it displays nicely in a free-standing display. It has not been remounted, repaired or restored.

One of the best-known sauropods, Diplodocus was a very large long-necked quadrupedal animal, with a long, whip-like tail. It could reach up to 115 feet in length but had a relatively small skull, and a mouth full of small peg-like teeth it

This tooth comes from what is being called the "Salt & Pepper Quarry", near Dinosaur. Colorado. Within the past several years this quarry has produced articulated remains of several types of dinosaurs including large theropods, sauropods and Ornithischia. There is a thin layer in the quarry, probably representing a sandy river bottom that produces many isolated teeth and tumbled bone fragments. This tooth was collected this summer from layer. There are far few commercial quarries operating in the Morrison Formation that the Cretaceous aged Hell Creek Formation so material is much more rare and sought after by collectors.

A view of operations at the Salt & Pepper quarry this spring.
A view of operations at the Salt & Pepper quarry this spring.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Diplodocus sp.
LOCATION
"Salt & Pepper Quarry", Near Dinosaur, CO
FORMATION
Morrison Formation
SIZE
Tooth .43" long
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#5602
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