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Most TYRANNOSAURUS REX teeth are usually quite ugly despite their steep prices reflecting their rarity and market demand. In 2011, a heavily weathered T. rex tooth sold at auction, for a whopping $56,250!
No type of dinosaur commands more respect and fascination than the members of the tyrannosaur family and a T. rex tooth or fossil seems to be at the top of every dinosaur fancier's list. Without question, fine quality teeth and bones of these dinosaurs will steadily appreciate year after year as limited legal collecting regions in the United States continue to be scavenged and produce less and less fine quality specimens.
At a size approaching 4 inches on the leading curve, AND FROM THE SIDE OF THE JAW WHERE THE TEETH ARE TYPICALLY MUCH SMALLER, this is an exceptionally well-preserved and INTACT fossil tooth of an adult Tyrannosaurus rex. It is a LATERAL tooth, with a narrower cross-section, coming from the side of the jaw where the teeth were used for slicing flesh, as opposed to crushing bone. It was found unbroken but with numerous superficial cracks which required filling and stabilization, only. It is complete from the base to the pointed tip. It measures a massive 3.65 inches along the front edge and is THE FINEST AND LARGEST LATERAL T. REX TOOTH WE HAVE EVER OFFERED FOR SALE TO DATE. Serrations are very crisp and complete. Very seldom do you ever encounter Tyrannosaurus rex teeth like this specimen, that have NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION.
Take note, this will probably be one of the finest T. rex teeth you will ever see offered. This is the NUMBER ONE dinosaur to have a tooth from and even the most hideous and plastic-filled teeth fetch lofty prices. While we have collected T. rex specimens in the past, and constantly get requests for teeth, never have we come across something as nice as this tooth! Examples of this SIZE and QUALITY that are UNBROKEN are BEYOND RARE!
No type of dinosaur commands more respect and fascination than the members of the tyrannosaur family and a T. rex tooth or fossil seems to be at the top of every dinosaur fancier's list. Without question, fine quality teeth and bones of these dinosaurs will steadily appreciate year after year as limited legal collecting regions in the United States continue to be scavenged and produce less and less fine quality specimens. In December of 2011, a heavily weathered and repaired 5 inch tooth sold in a U.S. auction for a staggering $56,000.00 demonstrating the viability of these teeth to out-perform not only conventional investments, but many rare collectibles. One thing for sure - you do not have to ever lose sleep over owning a top grade, rare fossil of wide public interest. Unlike all other investments, with a collection of supreme grade fossils that have market appeal, you never have the worry of the value plummeting for reasons beyond your control like typical investments.
NOTE: The staff of Paleo Direct is fully experienced and regularly performs all phases of fossil repair and restoration on their premises where needed. This work is always disclosed on our website voluntarily, and can be found in the text of the fossils we offer. Caveat emptor when it comes to dealers that buy already prepared specimens because there is a great tendency to stretch the truth when it comes to completeness and authenticity as the financial rewards ARE VERY HIGH on fossils from this dinosaur, ESPECIALLY! This is a very important issue in the fossil business as almost all fossils have some repair and/or restoration. Purchasing specimens FROM THE ACTUAL PERSON OR PERSONS DOING THE PREPARATION WORK is VITAL for you the buyer, to know what you are getting. Buying rare fossils from a seller that just buys at a show or from another broker, buying from someone else who simply echoes what they were told, is the best way to get a mystery fossil and get ripped off. This kind of rampant misrepresentation in the fossil market is one of the key arguments the science community uses to discourage buying fossils in the first place! To be sure that what you are buying is accurately and honestly represented, only deal with a highly experienced professional who is actively engaged in, as well as has first-hand knowledge AND experience with regard to fossil preparation, repair and restoration. Equally important is a complete understanding of the anatomy of the specimen and animal at hand.
Lately, we have seen a variety of sellers offering Nanotyrannus teeth from the same formation (which are more laterally compressed and less robust than T. rex teeth), and even Carcharodontosaurus teeth from Morocco, as Tyrannosaurus rex teeth. See below photo to help to identify what to look for in REAL T. rex teeth. The difference in value and price is SUBSTANTIAL between these different theropod teeth so emphasis should be not only on the existence of repair or restoration but on accurate identification, as well. A photo above of this tooth offered here shows the edge view with classic D profile and offset serration line as well as a more robust cross-sectional profile compared to Nanotyrannus. An equal-sized Nanotyrannus tooth would sell for a TENTH OR LESS of the price of a T. rex tooth of the SAME length! Whether it be ignorance or deceit, we have seen numerous instances of Nanotyrannus teeth being sold online as T. rex!
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