At 2.75 inches, this is a choice grade Carcharodontosaurus tooth from a full-grown adult dinosaur. From tip to base, the tooth is in STUNNING preservation of a kind you will rarely see today. The enamel is a beautiful blood red and rich pumpkin orange hue, and has a natural luster that is truly amazing. The serrations are crisp as seen in the photos. Teeth like this are VERY scarce now and the site is not producing any good qualities after decades of extensive, high pressure digging efforts.
A tooth like this is still a bargain coming from the largest meat-eating dinosaur that ever lived. If this were a T. rex tooth in this condition, price would approach or even exceed $15,000. It is highly probable that in the coming years, the market will catch up to these teeth. No where can you acquire a large theropod fossil dinosaur tooth for this price like you can for this dinosaur! It is our opinion that fossil Carcharodontosaurus dinosaur teeth of size and top quality are the biggest bargain and most undervalued fossil in the dinosaur tooth market today. Past experience has already shown a trend in rapidly escalating prices over the last 10 years of large, top grade teeth. It is logical that this will continue on a faster scale since the supply is so limited now and collector buyer base keeps growing.
If you are looking for a well-preserved tooth in this size class, this is a highly recommended choice. Quality Carcharodontosaurus teeth such as this example represent one of the fastest appreciating values in dinosaur teeth on the market.
Many large dinosaur teeth in the market today have been subject to extensive enhancement and fabrication. As the prices for large specimens continues to climb, the profits that can be gained illicitly are obvious and unless you are well-versed in restoration and repair, even dealers have been fooled. We have seen composites of a root from one tooth attached to the crown of another specimen. We have also seen massive but heavily worn stub teeth with fabricated tips and the entire tooth stained to a lustrous and "too good to be true" finish. This is usually evident in such well-defined and wavy color line where the crown color meets the lower root portion. If you see a large tooth in today's market that is of such extraordinary perfect condition, you should be HIGHLY SUSPECT AND GET EVERY POSSIBLE GUARANTEE OF NO FABRICATION OR RESTORATION IN WRITING BY THE DEALER!!! Ebay is THE worse for getting stuck by these. One dealer routinely sells amazingly large and extraordinary specimens that are mostly plastic. After years of doing this, he still has somehow avoided even a NEUTRAL feedback!!!
Don't be fooled when you are shopping for ANY large dinosaur teeth. These are common practices of both unscrupulous and uninformed dealers. It really pays to know who you are buying from! We see both of these practices done quite frequently in the large tooth market and numerous junk teeth are selling for ridiculous high prices as well as "too good to be true" prices. (ESPECIALLY on EBAY where fake EVERYTHING is RAMPANT!)
Stick with a dealer who actually has direct experience with performing restoration work so he or she intimately KNOWS what to look for. This is MUST! We have over two decades of experience in this field and we WILL DISCLOSE any work done when we sell a specimen.