This is a choice grade tooth of Edmontosaurus annectens, the predominant hadrosaur species that can be found in the Hell Creek Formation of Montana and South Dakota, U.S.A.. As the teeth begin to emerge up from the jaw, they become worn to a flat surface on the upper portion of the crown. This tooth has minor natural feeding wear but a substantial portion of the crown is remaining. It is not a "spit" tooth that would have been naturally ejected from the jaw when completely worn out. This tooth came from a dinosaur that died with this tooth in its jaw! These kind of teeth are far more rare than more prevalent "spit" teeth that are worn, used-up teeth ejected from the jaws continuously over the life of the dinosaur.
Hadrosaurs were an important part of the food chain as these herbivores were a primary food source for the meat-eating dinosaurs in the same region, namely Tyrannosaurus rex, Nanotyrannus and Dromaeosaurs. No fossil tooth collection should be without at least one nice complete example tooth to display alongside fossils of the very dinosaurs that terrorized these peaceful beasts of the Late Cretaceous.
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