Pachycephalosaurus

    SKU
    DP02
    Out of stock
    $525.00
    Overview

    An Ultra Rare Top Quality Pachychephalosaurus wyomingensis premaxillary tooth (partially rooted) from the late Cretaceous of northern North America. This tooth is often referred to as the Pachy "Fang". All serrations are present. Tooth is still attached to the original Lance Creek Fm.m matrix. Pachychephalosaurus is the dinosaur which is famous for its large domed head surrounded by spikes. The enamel is excellent quality with excellent color and patina. The tooth has a crack. No repair or restoration. An ultra rare Pachy premaxillary tooth! Legally collected on private land in the Lance Creek Fm., Weston Co., Wyoming. An excellent collector's quality Pachychephalosaurus tooth. Authenticity guaranteed. A great display piece!

    DP02       SIZE: 11/16"+  

    Note - Adding 10 new Pachy spikes / teeth in June 2021.       Link to Pachy fossils catalog

    Pachycephalosaurus is the dinosaur with the large domed skull which is surrounded by bony nodes or spikes, and it names means “thick-headed lizard” that lived during the late Cretaceous period in North America. The domed skull is quite thick (up to 10 inches) and believed that it may have been used in intra-species combat. Many fossilized skulls have been found with healed wounds. Pachycephalosaurus was a bipedal dinosaur that grows to 15 feet and 2000 lbs, and the largest of the Pachycephalosaur dinosaurs. Other named Pachycephalosaurs found in the Hell Creek Fm. include Dracorex and Stygimoloch. Dracorex and Stygimoloch, which exhibit much smaller domes and much larger spike ornamentation, are now believed to be early growth stages of Pachycephalosaurus. Only one species exists which is Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis. 

    Pachycephalosaurus fossils are quite rare. In fact, only one partial skeleton has been found. A dinosaur census conducted by the Hell Creek Project calculated relative abundance of the Pachycephalosaurus was 1% of the population. Today, we find fossilized teeth, unguals (claws), spikes, and non-associated bones.

    Pachycephalosaurus tooth identification. Thescelosaurus teeth are routinely identified and sold as Pachycephalosaurus teeth since they maxillary teeth have a similar shape and size. There has been some good work done presented in the Fossil Forum. The Fossil Forum author concludes that Pachycephalosaurus maxillary teeth can be differentiated from Thescelosaurus teeth since the Pachy teeth exhibit  “vertical ridges are more pounced, fewer and a more prominent center ridge may exist. There is also no symmetry with the crowns.” Several good photographic references are provided. Link to the Fossil Forum discussion. A dominant center ridge appears to be consistent and lack of symmetry on the crown appeared in most of the Pachycepholsaur reference teeth.  That said, rooted teeth from both species are very scarce and are highly collectable.

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