This is a LARGE rare fossil tooth of a type PHYTOSAUR known as RUTIODON. This Phytosaur fossil tooth would have come from a maximum size Rutiodon! It is from the side of the jaw where the teeth served to cut flesh. It is wide, thick and very strong to be able to sustain severe punishment. Serrations are present and well-defined. Enamel is superb with natural feeding damage on the labial side only.
Not only is this a rare fossil because Rutiodon is not a well-known prehistoric reptile, but also because of its dating to the Triassic Period where few vertebrate fossils are ever available for public sale. This is a tooth from a very old collection we acquired many years ago. Of all the Rutiodon specimens we will ever offer, this small, exclusive lot of fossil teeth will likely be remembered as the rarest. Their legal provenance from the Petrified Forest Formation coupled with their extraordinary size and preservation qualify for a place in any museum or world-class private collection. Collected by a geologist surveying a private ranch land (hence their legality), these Rutiodon teeth were a rare discovery likely to not ever be repeated.