Choice Rooted Leidysuchus Crocodile Tooth

Leidysuchus formidabilis

Class Reptilia, Subclass Diapsida, Order Crocodilia

Geological Time: Maastrichtian, Upper Cretaceous ((~67 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 6 mm by 5 mm with 10 mm root

Fossil Site: Hell Creek Formation, Harding County, Montana

Code: HCF27

Price: $95.00

Rooted Leidysuchus Crocodile ToothDescription: Leidysuchus was a long-snouted, swamp dwelling crocodile that lived during the late Cretaceous period. It is the most common crocodile found in the Hell Creek Formation, and was named after Joseph Leidy, describer of the first nearly-complete dinosaur ever recovered. He was a contemporary of E.D. Cope and O. C. Marsh, adversaries in the infamous “bone wars” of the American West. In the race to be the first to describe a specimen, the three often gave different names to the same dinosaur. The contest between Cope and Marsh became so acrimonious that Leidy left the field. The resulting plate of taxonomic spaghetti is still being unraveled today. This fine rooted tooth would make an excellent addition to any collection of Hell Creek fossils.

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