147. Tyrannosaur tooth

147 - tooth


Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation

British Columbia is becoming more well-known for dinosaur fossils every year. The PRPRC conducted the excavation of British Columbia’s First Complete Dinosaur Skeleton between 2008-2013 (featured in History Channel’s Dino Hunt Canada). Many bones and teeth were recovered during this excavation, including shed teeth of theropod (meat-eating) dinosaurs called tyrannosaurs. These tyrannosaurs are 72 million years old, therefore, much older than the well-known Tyrannosaurus rex. However, both types are closely related. Tyrannosaur teeth, like this one, are shed and replaced (no dentists for dinosaurs!).