A very fine complete unbroken dromaeosaur tooth, exhibiting a fine apical crown and serrations to both mesial and distal cutting edges. This dinosaur tooth was excavated from the continental intercalaire of the Lower Cretaceous period, Albian Stage deposits 113 to 100 m.y.a. of the Kem-Kem Basin, Morocco. The presence of Dromaeosaurids as early as the middle Jurassic was confirmed with the discovery of Fossil Teeth.
Condition; The dromeosaur tooth with complete serrations, exhibiting particularly good apical point to the crown, the archetypical dark mahogany enamel or rouge iron colour enamel has a superb sheen. In stable condition not crumbly nor fragile. Often the rigours of the fossil bed cause fractures etc; this tooth is the exception to the that often occurrence. Having an excellent morphology exhibiting the tiny serrations to the tip. The author would term this specimen a super fine grade tooth.
Raptor teeth are far less common discoveries than that of other dinosaurs, thousands of teeth are discovered from this location, many types and qualities of preservation including mostly damaged or partial teeth. Among these thousands over the last decade very few excellent quality raptor teeth have been discovered, more rare than other reptilian types. On a topical note while the popularity of the Jurassic Park films led to the common use of the name raptor for this taxon of dinosaur, the name does not have any academic taxonomic validity.
The archetypical sabre curve looks menacing, the highly developed slashing serrated tooth is the signature of the evolution of this particular genus type, over 100 million years of the dromeosaur lineage has gone into refining the shape and durability of the killing ungual. The Claw oozes with appeal for any dinosaur aficionado, a truly exceptional find.
Dromaeosauridae is a family of bird-like Therapod Dinosaurs [bird hipped]. They were small to medium sized possibly feathered Carnivores that flourished the Cretaceous Period. Often referred to as Raptors, after the popular and emotive Velociraptor. The name Dromaeosauridae means Running Lizards, from the Greek dromeus meaning runner. Dromaeosaurid Fossils have been found in several geological localities including N.America, England, Mongolia and North African Fossil Beds of Kem Kem.
Utahraptor Ostrommaysorum is the largest dromeosaurid unearthed to date at around 15 to 20 feet in length and one tonne mass weight, a giant among the raptors. Utahraptor lived during the Barremian stage of the Cretaceous period some 131 to 126 m.y.a. The first discoveries of the bones of Utahraptor were unearthed by Jim Jensen at Dalton Wells Quarry, Utah in 1975.