Rare Torvosaurus Tooth in Bone & Rock Matrix

Rare Torvosaurus Tooth in Bone & Rock Matrix

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We are proud to offer this rare find. High quality Torvosaurus teeth are extremely rare, by themselves. This tooth is not only in excellent condition, it's naturally nestled in a host matrix of rock and bone, making this specimen a gem. The tooth's enamel is magnificent, displaying virtually no chipping and having only nominal, slight pressure lines. The serrations are full and easily observed. The tip is almost perfect. The matrix bone is thought to be jaw remanent from the same animal, as several other teeth were found along side this one. This tooth however, is the last of the lot. And the discoverer doubts if another will be found in the area of this ones discovery.

Measurements (In matrix): ~ 6-1/2" long x 4" wide x 2" thick
Measurements: ~ 3-1/4" long x 1-1/2" wide x 3/4" thick
Location: Morrison Formation, Red Canyon Ranch, Bighorn County, Shell, Wyoming
Time period: Late Jurassic , 150 MYO

More Information:

>Significantly older than Tyrannosaurus rex, yet equal in ferociousness was Torvosaurus, a carnivorous, "megalosaurid" dinosaur, that lived in what is now the country of Portugal and Colorado State, in North America, during the latter part of the Jurassic time period, approximately 150 million years ago.

Torvosaurus, meaning "savage lizard", measured ~ 10 -11 meters in length, weighed 3.5 - 4.5 tonnes, had a large, powerful torso, a long muscular tail for aiding in balance and maneuverability and unlike t-rex, Torvosaurus had short but powerful and useful arms. Unlike one of its competitors, Allosaurus, Torvosaurus had teeth more similar to t-rex's more rounded / bone crushing teeth. The teeth were long, thick and heavily serrated, in order to cause maximum damage to most anything it chose to make a meal. Torosaurus actually lived in close proximity to other gigantic theropods. Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus and Saurophaganax inhabited the Colorado / Morrison formation, during the same time period. However, the area was large and contained different climates, each suitable for different dinosaur species. There are however indications that these giants crossed each other's paths. Fossilized remains of Allosaurus have been found with teeth marks, indicating lost battles with Torvosaurus.