This is a SUPREME QUALITY fossil Tyrannosaur dinosaur tooth from Nanotyrannus lancensis. It features the finest preservation with dramatic natural feeding damage and wear that occurred while the dinosaur was still alive. Beautiful espresso brown hues dominates the overall color with original enamel still displaying luster from its immaculate preservation. Serrations are present with fine detail.
Nanotyrannus lancensis was first discovered in the Lance Formation of Wyoming, U.S.A., hence the 'lancensis' name. The name 'Nanotyrannus' means "tiny tyrant" but at approximately 17 feet in length, Nanotyrannus was not exactly tiny, just small in comparison to its fellow tyrannosaurids. Its best known relative is the larger Tyrannosaurus rex. Like all tyrannosaurs, Nanotyrannus was a bi-pedal carnivore. It had narrow hips, a slim tail, long legs with three-toed feet and short arms with two-fingered hands. Its short, thick neck carried a large head with large jaws of sharp curved and serrated teeth. It is theorized that it weighed less than 1000 pounds.
More than 20 Nanotyrannus teeth like this specimen, one as small as 0.4 inches in length, were found scattered amongst the bones of the famous Triceratops skeleton KELSEY indicating possible multiple Nanotyrannus dinosaurs were responsible for the kill. It is theorized by some that these ferocious tyrannosaurs might have hunted in packs like dromaeosaurs.
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