Rare 1.95" Timurlengia (Tyrannosaur) Tooth - Uzbekistan

This is an absolutely killer tooth of the early Tyrannosaurid dinosaur Timurlengia euotica from the Bissekty Formation of Uzbekistan. A very rare an unusual tooth from a more obscure location. It's Middle Cretaceous (Upper Turonian Stage) in age or around 90 million years old.

The tooth is 1.95" long and the preservation is spectacular. Nice serrations and no feeding wear to the tip. A few root etchings but there is no repair or restoration.

A scientific paper on the Alectrosaurus finds from Uzbekistan can be found at the link below.

New tyrannosaur from the mid-Cretaceous of Uzbekistan clarifies evolution of giant body sizes and advanced senses in tyrant dinosaurs

Tyrannosaurids—the familiar group of carnivorous dinosaurs including Tyrannosaurus and Albertosaurus—were the apex predators in continental ecosystems in Asia and North America during the latest Cretaceous (ca. 80–66 million years ago). Their colossal sizes and keen senses are considered key to their evolutionary and ecological success, but little is known about how these features developed as tyrannosaurids evolved from smaller basal tyrannosauroids that first appeared in the fossil record in the Middle Jurassic (ca. 170 million years ago). This is largely because of a frustrating 20+ million-year gap in the mid-Cretaceous fossil record, when tyrannosauroids transitioned from small-bodied hunters to gigantic apex predators but from which no diagnostic specimens are known. We describe the first distinct tyrannosauroid species from this gap, based on a highly derived braincase and a variety of other skeletal elements from the Turonian (ca. 90–92 million years ago) of Uzbekistan. This taxon is phylogenetically intermediate between the oldest basal tyrannosauroids and the latest Cretaceous forms. It had yet to develop the giant size and extensive cranial pneumaticity of T. rex and kin but does possess the highly derived brain and inner ear characteristic of the latest Cretaceous species. Tyrannosauroids apparently developed huge size rapidly during the latest Cretaceous, and their success in the top predator role may have been enabled by their brain and keen senses that first evolved at smaller body size.

Timurlengia euotica
Dzarakuduk, Uzbekistan
Bissekty Formation
1.95" long (straightline)
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