This is an exceptionally preserved undetermined Raptor tooth “spitter” from the RICHARDOESTECIA. The tooth is well worn at the tip indicating it was in his mouth for a long time and worn down over time before being broken off.
As Theropods eat, they break off the teeth as new ones are erupting through the jaw. The teeth are constantly growing. These small broken teeth without the roots are called “spitters”. They are broken from a live Raptor. When a creature dies the teeth fall out with the roots, they are called “rooted teeth”. The break on this tooth is clearly visible, shows great detail on the tooth with the characteristic horizontal lines one would see in the Richardoestecia.
Teeth such as these are usually collected from ANT HILLS. The ant hills in these areas are very large, the paleontologists scoop the dirt and pebbles into sifting screens and sift to find the teeth, small mammal bones and other small fossils. The ants are really good paleontologists removing items in their way as they dig.
Theropod (Raptor) RICHARDOESTECIA
Carter County Montana
collected 2007 by one of our trusted paleo partners who has collected teeth for many years.
collected from private property on a pay-to-dig site.
Tooth is .39 inches long