Serrated, 1.42" Tyrannosaur (Nanotyrannus) Tooth - Montana

 
This is a large, 1.42" long Tyrannosaur tooth likely of the species Nanotyrannus lancensis from the Hell Creek Formation of Montana. The enamel underwent dark color preservation. There are spots where the enamel has chipped free from the tooth, primarily around areas of breakage. These areas of breakage consist of two repaired cracks through the center of this tooth, about half way down. There is feeding wear at the tip and along one of the edges. The opposite edge still presents beautiful serrations, of which are only interrupted by points of breakage.

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There is a hot debate among paleontologists about whether Nanotyrannus and Tyrannosaurus rex (T-Rex) are really the same species, with Nanotyrannus representing juveniles. Recent finds that are soon to be published should put this debate to rest, definitively proving that Nanotyrannus is in fact a separate genus and valid genus. Nano teeth tend to be much more finely serrated, and much thinner/blade like t-rex teeth, in addition to being smaller.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Nanotyrannus lancensis
LOCATION
Carter County, Montana
FORMATION
Hell Creek Formation
SIZE
1.42" long (straightline)
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#97466
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