2.46" Rooted Allosaurus Tooth In Sandstone - Colorado

This is a 2.46" long rooted Allosaurus tooth which was collected this past summer from the Morrison Formation of Colorado. Rooted teeth are quite rare and you don't see them come up for sale very often.

The fact it retains its root indicates it fell out of a jaw after the animal died, as opposed to being a tooth shed while the animal was alive. Usually if rooted teeth are found that indicates the jaw/skull is close by. For that reason rooted teeth are usually kept to be used in reconstructing the skulls. In the case of this tooth matching skull material was not found in the vicinity, so it is being offered individually.

The tooth was left partially embedded in the sandstone during preparation, which creates an aesthetic display base. The crown has nice enamel and serrations. There is some feeding wear to the tip of the tooth. There are a few stabilized cracks but no restoration.

Allosaurus was a theropod of the Late Jurassic that lived from 156 to 145 million years ago. It was a predator with a massive skull, serrated teeth, and gaping jaws. This powerful and plentiful carnivore genus could grow more than 30 feet long. Due to how plentiful it's fossils are in the Morrison Formation, it's been suggested that they may have been a pack hunter.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Allosaurus fragilis
LOCATION
Dinosaurs Of America Quarry, Dinosaur, Colorado
FORMATION
Morrison Formation
SIZE
Tooth 2.46" long
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#173072
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