.9" Pterosaur (Siroccopteryx) Tooth - Morocco

Siroccopteryx moroccensis is a Late Cretaceous pterosaur from the Kem Kem Beds in Morocco. It would have been one of the largest pterosaurs with a wingspan of around 12-15 feet (4-5 meters). It is likely that this animal was a specialized glider, and ventured into the sea off the coast of Africa, to capture fishes and other prey that swim near the surface.

The exact genus and taxonomy of this pterosaur is still up for debate. Some researchers consider it a member of the Coloborhynchus genus, some consider Siroccopteryx a seperate genus and yet others have proposed it is closer to the Anhanguera genus. Siroccopteryx appears to be the genus name more widely in use.

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Artists reconstruction of a species of Siroccopteryx.

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

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One of the tunnels dug into the Kem Kem beds by local miners following the productive fossil beds.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Siroccopteryx (Coloborhynchus) moroccensis
LOCATION
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
.9" long
ITEM
#101703
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