2.6" Rooted Fossil Crocodile Tooth - Morocco

This is a 2.6" fossil crocodile tooth from the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco. There are at least six genera known from the Kem-Kem and it is difficult to assign a taxonomic identification because some of the genera are not well described. The genus Elosuchus is the most likely candidate though.

This tooth has much of its root still attached. There are several repairs in the tooth with some gap filling.

The Kem Kem Beds are famous for yielding a diverse, Late Cretaceous, vertebrate assemblage including fish, reptiles and dinosaurs such as Spinosaurus. These fossils are found in a thin bed that outcrops around the edge of a large plateau near Taouz, Morocco. Local miners collect these fossils by digging narrow tunnels by hand into this plateau following the layer.

A paper on this assemblage can be found at: Vertebrate assemblages from the early Late Cretaceous of southeastern Morocco: An overview

One of the tunnels dug into the Kem Kem beds by local miners following the productive fossil beds.
One of the tunnels dug into the Kem Kem beds by local miners following the productive fossil beds.



DETAILS
SPECIES
Elosuchus sp?
LOCATION
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
2.6" long
ITEM
#141795
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