Fine dinosaur caudal vertebrae, exhibiting very good bone surface preservation and detail. A Robust and weighty, well fossilised specimen from this classic fossil dinosaur location.
The form suggests a large Theropod, the vertebrae displays qualities similar to several types ,which remains are reasonably prolific in this site, in the fossil beds at this location, however large bones are extremely scarce compared to teeth and smaller bone tissue,movement in the bedding plain over time often crushes larger material,to find larger well formed bone specimens is a rare occurrence
Fossil Bed Note
The classic Kem Kem formation lies on an escarpment or plateaux adjacent to the Algerian-Moroccan border (the author having spent weeks in this area over many years experience travelling to the fossil sites of the whole western desert regions), this is a vast and arid terrain,The fossil beds are often dug into the flat plateaux rather then open quarry sites.Some are tunnels running into the escapement walls,all are perilously fragile, mostly not shored or braced, these tunnels of basically congealed sand-rock often collapse, making collecting dangerously hazardous and fossil hunter fatalities have been recorded in the past.
This is typical of bones found in this classic fossil site close to the Algerian border of a period throughout the first decade of the new millennium.
Location - Morocco, North Africa
Geological Age - Mesozoic Era, Cretaceous Period, approximately 135-65 million years ago
Dimensions - 6.3ins/ 16cm long
Weight - 1.206Kg approximately
The infill within the vertebrae is congealed sandy material containing minerals, metamorphic transformation has created this to be fixed ,however with the appliance of a small amount of pressure this can be removed,we felt it important to leave this part of the fossil bed attached to the specimen.
supplied without a stand at the moment,this may be changed in the near future when a customised perspex stand is design and manufactured (when purchased we can expedite this process).