This is an fine grade RARE and VERY LARGE fossil tooth of a type PHYTOSAUR known as RUTIODON. It is a rare and unique offer because Rutiodon is not a well-known prehistoric reptile and dates to the Triassic Period where few vertebrate fossils are ever available for public sale. Another unusual feature of this fossil is its provenance from land near the Petrified Forest Formation in Arizona. This fossil tooth is 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 make it a valuable specimen for an advanced collection. Originally found by a geologist surveying a private ranch land (hence their legality), this Rutiodon tooth was a rare discovery likely to not ever be repeated.
This is a superb example 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 with immaculate preservation. The enamel is intact with minor natural feeding wear. It has a natural luster and a beautiful golden brown hue with fine grain.