.65" Serrated Tyrannosaur Tooth - Feeding Wear

This is a .65" long Tyrannosaur tooth that was collected from a private ranch located on the Hell Creek Formation of Eastern Montana. The serrations along the distal and mesial edges are present, along with excellent preservation of the enamel across most of the tooth.

Comes with an acrylic display case.

Nanotyrannus vs. T-Rex

There is a very contentious debate among paleontologists about whether Nanotyrannus and Tyrannosaurus rex (T-Rex) are really the same species, with Nanotyrannus representing juveniles. Papers going back and forth on the topic continue to be published and there is a lot of fossil evidence under study which has yet to be published. We tend to fall into the camp that Nanotyrannus is in fact a separate species.

No matter where you fall on the Nano vs T-Rex debate there are clearly two different Tyrannosaur tooth morphologies present in the Hell Creek Formation. The larger teeth 2 1/2"+ can confidently be labeled as Tyrannosaurus rex. For the smaller teeth, main distinguishing characteristics between the two morphologies is the shape of the base, compression of the crown/tip, and presence of a "pinch" at the base. For smaller teeth, serration density does not appear to be a distinguishing factor as it varies based on tooth position.

We are labeling based on morphology. The longer, thinner, and more compressed teeth with a pinch at their base are labeled as Nanotyrannus. The fatter teeth with a more rounded tip and no pinch at their base are being labeled as Tyrannosaurus rex.

Because of its age and sedimentary composition, the Hell Creek Formation has become one of the most paleontologically studied areas in the world. 158 genera of animals and 64 genera of plants are known from the formation and new discoveries are made frequently. In addition to Tyrannosaurs, Ceratopsids, and Hadrosaurs, the formation has yielded remains of amphibians, reptiles, lizards, snakes and turtles, fish and sharks, avian and non-avian dinosaurs, and mammals. The Hell Creek Formation gives the most complete understanding of the environment just before the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction.
Nanotyrannus lancensis or Juvenile T-Rex
Private Ranch, Eastern Montana
Hell Creek Formation
.65" long (straightline)
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