Tyrannosaurus rex teeth auction for $86,500 at Bonhams


2015-06-26 13:17:17


Tyrannosaurus rex teeth auction for $86,500 at Bonhams

Seven recently discovered tyrannosaurus rex teeth have auctioned for $86,500 in Los Angeles

Seven recently-discovered tyrannosaurus rex teeth have brought $86,500 to Bonhams' Los Angeles auction.

May 22 saw the dagger-like teeth lead Bonhams' Natural History auction, selling within their $70,000-90,000 estimate.

T-rex teeth auctionPreserved T-rex teeth are rarely discovered in groups as large as seven

The tyrannosaurus boasted the most powerful bite known to any terrestrial animal, according to a recent British study.

The seven beautifully preserved teeth demonstrate the T-rex's capacity for dental regeneration. Five fully formed teeth shield a pair of smaller - though no less terrifying - emergent teeth, visible on the rear side.

One of the largest land carnivores known to man, the tyrannosaurus rex is the subject of frequent cultural and pop-cultural representations.

The Jurassic Park film franchise iconised the enormous creature, while famous children's character Barney - star of the American television series Barney and Friends - is a stylised, singing representation of the beast.

Thought to be the greatest hunter ever to have walked the earth, T-rex teeth encapsulate the dinosaur's ferocious legacy.

Dino teeth auctionThe megalodon is an extinct species of shark, whose name literately translates as big teeth

A gigantic reconstructed megalodon jaw also sold with strong results, bringing $74,500.

Megalodons populated the oceans during the cenozoic era (approximately 28m to 1.5m years ago).

Collected by veteran divers off the coast of Cape Fear, Bonhams assert that "each specimen is a wonder in itself; taken together the presentation is a marvellous phenomenon".

The jaw reconstruction contains 138 megalodon teeth.

Dinosaur-related lots often prove popular at auction. In May 2012, a controversial tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton sold at Heritage Auctions for $1.1m. However, the 75% complete skeleton was thought to have been obtained illegally and the sale could not be completed.

Following atrial in the US, fossil dealer Eric Prokopi admitted to smuggling the dinosaur bones into the country. He now faces up to 17 years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine.

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