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FossilDudeCO

wow that is amazing colour!

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Susan from PA
2 minutes ago, FossilDudeCO said:

wow that is amazing colour!

I know!  It's a beauty! :)

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JohnJ

18 minutes ago, Susan from PA said:

On a popular internet site is this absolutely gorgeous tooth out of the Hell Creek Formation in North Dakota.  The tooth is perfect and the colors are stunning!   The problem is that it is being sold as a juvenile T.rex tooth, and it is clearly a Nanotyrannus tooth.

If it were priced at $300, I'd snatch it up in a heartbeat.  Description says that it is too robust to be a Nano tooth. :(.   Notice no picture of the base of the tooth is shown in the listing, so it's difficult for one to be 100% certain.  Size is only 1.26 inches.

 

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@Susan from PA Since most people don't know your experience with these fossils, on what characteristics do you distinguish the difference in this tooth based on this one photo? 

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FossilDudeCO

Tis' a gorgeous piece!

 

The seller does also say that there is debate about Nanotyrannus being valid.

 

I do agree some more picture may help clear this up though.

 

In my opinion Troodon and Susan are EXTREMELY knowledgeable about Hell Creek though so I would defer to their opinions on this piece!

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fossiling
3 hours ago, FossilDudeCO said:

Tis' a gorgeous piece!

 

The seller does also say that there is debate about Nanotyrannus being valid.

 

I do agree some more picture may help clear this up though.

 

In my opinion Troodon and Susan are EXTREMELY knowledgeable about Hell Creek though so I would defer to their opinions on this piece!

About Nanotyrannus being valid,I would say no. Plus, how do they prove it is a Tyrannosaurus? I would put it as tyrannosaurid indet.

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minnbuckeye

WONDERFUL finish to your story!!!!! I am sure that young boy is forever changed by your generosity. It brings me much pleasure in distributing my finds to those interested. During a recent trip to Florida, I collected and was given by my "guide" quite a few sharks teeth. My technician's young son, Avery, is a shark lover. When I presented him with a baggie full of  ocean worn small Venice Beach fossil teeth, as you mentioned, the look on his face said it all. I am sure it was better than any gift Santa Claus had ever given him.  Avery is struggling with school, so I then sat down with Avery and made him a deal. I showed him the better sharks teeth that I had. Told him if he wanted to grow up and work with sharks, he would need a good education. With this, I said if you show me that you take your education seriously, these teeth are yours!! Since that day, his mother says homework is done without a struggle, grades are up, mom is happy and teacher is happy!! I put these teeth into a display and presented it to him a week ago! We will see how long this stimulus lasts. He will probably want 6 inch meg teeth when he hits high school to keep him interested in education!! Again my compliments to you for your wonderful act of kindness!

 

Mike

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Troodon
1 hour ago, Susan from PA said:

    It was scientifically important.  

 

Ha ha import to science or to his wallet....it's only a Rex tooth.  Unfortunately that's the nature of those type of digs and explained well ahead of it..  I do remember seeing it on FB, he held it with two hands it was such a large crown, one had to feel sorry for the child.   However it's a happy ending because of you're generosity.  He has to be one of the luckiest boys on this planet because of you.  I don't know of many collectors that would have parted with a large Trex tooth.   That certainly points out the better side of collecting, thank you for sharing it.  

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FossilDAWG

Susan,

 

You generosity is an inspiration to our community.

 

Don

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JohnJ
3 hours ago, Susan from PA said:

Sorry, but I try to be a bright spot in this hobby that is full of greed and deception at times.

 

No need for an apology.  :)  Frank and you have made the case for distinctive differences.  That will help many others that see this topic.  ;) 

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jpc
2 hours ago, Troodon said:

 

Ha ha import to science or to his wallet....it's only a Rex tooth.  

Bingo. 

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HamptonsDoc

Great job Susan!

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Troodon
39 minutes ago, -Andy- said:

Susan, you did a wonderful thing in promoting paleontology and ensuring young kids get to hold a piece of natural history in their hands. You are the best kind of collector there is.

 

As for baby/juvenile Rex teeth identification, I have a 1.05 incher Hell Creek tooth identified as Rex due to its robustness, profile and rounded cross section. The last pic shows it next to an adult Rex.

 

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That's the visual on what robustness looks like....

 

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-Andy-

The tooth has been sold.

 

Let's hope it's someone on TFF or one of the Facebook groups. If he/she posts pictures, we can confirm the truth, and hopefully encourage him/her to get a refund from the dealer.

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sandgroper

Really informative thread. Susan, what a generous thing to have done, if karma exists I hope good things come your way.

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Dracorex_hogwartsia
On 3/18/2017 at 10:11 PM, -Andy- said:

The tooth has been sold.

 

Let's hope it's someone on TFF or one of the Facebook groups. If he/she posts pictures, we can confirm the truth, and hopefully encourage him/her to get a refund from the dealer.

Oh I don't think we need to encourage the buyer to get a refund. If the buyer is like me, I don't care what the tooth is ID'd as. I always take it with a grain of salt anyway that the tooth is probably misidentified. If I like the tooth I like the tooth and I'll buy it. I saw this tooth before it sold and thought it was a beautiful tooth. I think the buyer will be very happy with this tooth.

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Susan from PA
5 hours ago, sandgroper said:

Really informative thread. Susan, what a generous thing to have done, if karma exists I hope good things come your way.

Thanks so much!   :)    

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