Serrated, .92" Tyrannosaur (Nanotyrannus?) Tooth - Montana

This is a .92" long Tyrannosaur tooth likely of the species Nanotyrannus lancensis from the Hell Creek Formation of Powder River County, Montana. The tooth is in excellent condition with wonderful enamel preservation and serrations.

Comes with a floating frame display case.

Nanotyrannus vs. T-Rex

Paleontologists debate contentiously about whether Nanotyrannus and Tyrannosaurus rex (T-Rex) are really the same species, where Nanotyrannus represent juveniles. Papers going back and forth on the topic continue to be published, but even more fossil evidence under study 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, usually 2 1/2 inches or more, 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. Serration density does not appear to be a distinguishing factor since 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 labeled as Tyrannosaurus rex.
Nanotyrannus lancensis?
Powder River County, Montana
Hell Creek Formation
.92" long (straightline)
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