.71" Diplodocus Tooth - Skull Creek Quarry, Colorado

 
This
Diplodocus skeletal mount at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Diplodocus skeletal mount at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
is a .71" long tooth of the massive sauropod dinosaur, Diplodocus. It comes from a private quarry in the Morrison Formation just outside of Dinosaur, CO. Diplodocus teeth are a relatively rare occurrence the quarry. This tooth has great preservation and has not been repaired or restored. Really nice glossy enamel and there is some natural feeding wear to the tip. I personally collected it in April of 2015.

One of the best-known sauropods, Diplodocus was a very large long-necked quadrupedal animal, with a long, whip-like tail. It could reach up to 115 feet in length but had a relatively small skull, and a mouth full of small peg-like teeth it

This tooth comes from what is being called the "Salt & Pepper Layer" at the Skull Creek 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 1 1/2 meter thick layer in the quarry, probably representing a 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.

This quarry is the site of the "Elvis" Torvosaurus find.

A view of operations at the Skull Creek Quarry this spring.
A view of operations at the Skull Creek Quarry this spring.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Diplodocus sp.
LOCATION
Salt & Pepper Layer, Skull Creek Quarry, Dinosaur, CO
FORMATION
Morrison Formation
SIZE
.85" long
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#11575
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