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Theropod tooth serrations
I'm a paleoartist currently attempting some sculptures that incorporate
sculpted theropod teeth (mainly T-rex teeth, but also smaller theropod
teeth.) Living in Maine, I don't have access to a lot (any, really)
dinosaur material to study and have only had a few opportunities to
observe actual fossils of theropod teeth.
Can anyone tell me if, in life, the serrations on a T rex teeth would
have occurred only on the leading and trailing edge of the tooth, or were
the serrations sometimes displaced somewhat laterally; eg, 10 or 15
degrees off the front-back axis of the tooth? I've seen such lateral
displacement on fossil T rex teeth, but it may have been caused by
crushing or distortion of the tooth during the fossilization process.