1.12" Camarasaurus Tooth - Morrison Formation

 
 
This
A Camarasaurus skull cast showing how the teeth looked.
A Camarasaurus skull cast showing how the teeth looked.
is a beautifully preserved tooth of the sauropod dinosaur Camarasaurus grandis. Camarasaurus had very distinctive, chisel shaped teeth indicating it probably ate courser vegetation than other sauropods.

The tooth is 1.12" long so it probably came from a juvenile of the species and has no repair or restoration. The tooth has excellent preservation and was prepared so that it is still partially embedded in the sandstone matrix (not remounted) created in aesthetic, free-standing display. On request we could remove the tooth completely from the matrix, but I think it looks better this way. Really a top quality Camarasaurus tooth.

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
Camarasaurus grandis
LOCATION
"Salt & Pepper Quarry", Near Dinosaur, CO
FORMATION
Morrison Formation
SIZE
Tooth 1.12" Long
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#5632
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