Beautiful Dakotaraptor Tooth Dinosaur Fossil Hell Creek Formation Perkins Co. SD
Up for sale is an extremely rare Dromaeosaurid (Raptor-Type) dinosaur tooth from the Hell Creek Formation of Perkins County, South Dakota.
The tooth is from the dinosaur Dakotaraptor steini which was only discovered in 2005 and officially described and published in 2015. The name means “plunderer of Dakota” and is one of the largest Dromaeosaur (Raptor-Type) dinosaurs yet discovered.
There has been extensive collecting and research in the Hell Creek Formation and this large dinosaur has eluded scientists for over 100 years, suggesting it was extremely rare in this ecosystem. This is why teeth from this dinosaur are very rare as well.
This particular tooth measures 0.75” in length and has different shaped and sized serrations on either edge of the tooth, suggesting it is Dromaeosaur. There is only one other possible Dromaeosaur so far officially described in the Hell Creek Formation which is Acheroraptor. However, Acheroraptor is much smaller and its teeth were only a touch over 1 cm in length (according to the photos in the scientific paper that described Acheroraptor). This tooth is 2 cm in length and lacks the lines or ridges running down the length of the tooth which is diagnostic of Acheroraptor teeth.
Since this is a Dakotaraptor tooth it is a really special piece and is why I decided to purchase it from another reputable dealer who collects all of their own fossils straight from the field.
This tooth comes with its own gem display case and informational card pictured in the listing.