.81" Fossil Dinosaur (Theropod) Claw - Kem Kem Beds, Morocco

This is a beautifully preserved, .81" long fossil dinosaur (theropod) claw from the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco. Many of the small theropod dinosaurs from the Tegana Formation have yet to be described, primarily due to lack of articulated bone material having been found. This means it is impossible to provide a species or even genus ID to these individual bones.

This claw is remarkably well preserved compared to many of the others I've seen from this formation that are often tumbled and heavily eroded. There is a small amount of stabilization on the back end of the claw. Comes in an acrylic display case.

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
Unidentified Theropod
LOCATION
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
.81" long
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#144669
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