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Good morning everyone. Could anyone help me ID this tooth? Because it has me stumped. Unfortunately I still have to learn lots before I can ID these ceratopsian teeth (morphologicaly they can be tricky). My first guess was cf. Leptoceratops gracilis because of the tooth's small size, it's only just over half an inch. But now I'm reconsidering this guess because maybe it's a juvenile Triceratops tooth? The lack of a root makes this tricky because I know Triceratops teeth have two roots while Leptoceratops teeth have only one. Plus the highly pronounced verticals ridge is making me lean towards Triceratops once more. Any ideas? Thank you!
Only large bodied Ceratopsian have been described from the Hell Creek/Lance Formations like Triceratops and Torosaurus. Small bodied Ceratopsians do exist and isolated material similar to Leptoceratops gracilis is found. I believe the type specimen was discovered in Alberta part of the Scollard Formation which is Maastrichtian in age. Most of these finds are is in the form of isolated teeth however post-cranial material and skull elements are scarce but found. Dealers/auction sellers and collectors have a good understanding of what these teeth look like and the teeth are very distinctive from large bodied Ceratopsians with just a single root. Skull Elements: Isolated Teeth: Post-Cranial Elements