.64" Tyrannosaur Premax Tooth (Aublysodon) - Montana

This is a very interesting Tyrannosaurid tooth from the Two Medicine Formation (Judith River Group) of Montana. This Formation is about 5 million years older than the Hell Creek Formation where T-Rex comes from. The tooth and enamel are in overall very good conditions with some minor feeding wear on the tip and root etching on one side.

These oddly shaped teeth with two ridges located on the lingual side where originally described as Aublysodon more than a century ago based off of isolated teeth and jaw fragments. More recent discoveries of more complete Tyrannosaur skeletons from this formation has lead to the discovery that these teeth are actually the premaxillary teeth of other Tyrannosaur species.

There are three described Tyrannosaurs from the Two Medicine Formation (Judith River Group), Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus and Daspletosaurus. Research done on teeth from these three Tyrannosaurs has concluded that isolated teeth are statistically impossible to assign to a specific genre because they are so similar. This means the best we can do on identification is this is a premax tooth of one of these Tyrannosaurs. I've linked to the research paper below.

Morphometry of the teeth of western North American tyrannosaurids and its applicability to quantitative classification
DETAILS
SPECIES
Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus or Daspletosaurus (Premax)
LOCATION
North Central Montana
FORMATION
Two Medicine Formation, Judith River Group
SIZE
.64" long
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ITEM
#30824
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