Triceratops Tooth Shed

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This Triceratops tooth comes from Hell Creek Formation in Montana. The smooth surface is evidence of the use the tooth received from the chewing and grinding of the fibrous vegetation these large four-legged dinosaurs would eat. 

Triceratops are one of the most well-known dinosaurs of the Cretaceous Period with their three-horned skulls. They produced between 400 and 800 teeth in their lifetime, consistently replacing and shedding "spitters." Their teeth were grouped in  "batteries" that contained up to 5 stacked teeth within 30 to 40 columns on each upper and lower jaw. 

 

Type: Triceratops Tooth Shed
Age: Cretaceous (65 million years old)
Formation: Hell Creek Formation
Locality: Jordan, Montana 

 

Size: 1 x .5 x .44 inches
Weight: < 1 oz.