Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth found in field sells for world record price of €42k
Published 13/12/2011 | 07:29
A LARGE dinosaur tooth from the remains of a Tyrannosaurus Rex which were found in the United States has sold for a world record €42,000.
The perfectly preserved five-inch long dinosaur tooth was discovered by a farmer poking out of field he was ploughing in Montana earlier this year.
It is in such a good condition that the tiny serrated edges which helped the dinosaur tear flesh from its prey are still visible.
The tooth dates back to the end of the Cretaceous Period about 67 million years ago when the creatures roamed the Earth.
The tooth, which weighs 337.8 grams, was put up for sale by the unnamed farmer who found it.
It was sold at a natural history-themed auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles for $56,000 (€42,000) on Sunday.
An anonymous private collector was said to have snapped it up.
After the auction, Thomas Lindgren, of the natural history department at Bonhams, said: "We are pleased to announce a new world record price for one of the largest individual T. rex teeth to be offered at public auction."
He added that the sale "represents the “fresh-to-the-market” approach of the natural history department of Bonhams".
The tooth measures just over five inches from its base to tip and is bigger than any of the teeth of the well-known Tyrannosaurus Rex dubbed Sue that is held in Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.
T. Rex continues to fascinate both professionals and the public probably more than all the other dinosaurs put together.
However, recent advances have led to many long-standing assumptions about the creature having to be reconsidered.