1.2" Allosaurus Tooth - Salt & Pepper Quarry

 
This is a 1.2" long tooth of Allosaurus fragilis from the Morrison Formation. It's above average size for an Allosaurus tooth and is nicely shaped. The tooth was found in several fragments so it had to be pieced back together. There are a few gap fills, and the last 1-2mm of the tip has been restored. I personally collected this tooth in April, 2015.

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
Allosaurus fragilis
LOCATION
"Salt & Pepper Quarry", Near Dinosaur, CO
FORMATION
Morrison Formation
SIZE
1.2" long
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#11864
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