A remarkably rare discovery of the fossil claw of a juvenile Carcharodontosaurus saharicus dinosaur unearthed fin the Red-beds of the Tegana formation geographically located in southeastern Morocco, West Africa, in the hamada which forms the continental intercalaire, a fossil formation which reaches out into the Sahara desert. This is a unique fossil find, juvenile fossil material is not often discovered.
Condition; the surface of the ungual is fine having a smooth texture and fine attractive toffee colouration. The blood vessel tissue numerous from proximal to the distal tip and the ungual groove well defined. In the right lateral view, the claw has been refixed at the midway point. In the plantar view, the toe claw still retains matrix from the fossil bed.
Carcharodontosaurus saharicus first discovered in 1927 and first named 'Megalosaurus Saharicus' however this holotype skeleton was destroyed in World War II. The next discoveries were in 1996. The naming of Carcharodontosaurus from the Greek meaning is interesting and illustrates in the authors mind the ferociousness of this bipedal theropod dinosaur which roamed the savanna and water margins of the African Cretaceous environment at the time of the other enigmatic predator Spinosaurus. Named from the shark lineage of Carcharodon ”shark-toothed lizard", the Carcharodon themselves named from the Greek karcharo, jagged tooth. This gives a sense of some rather nasty serrated and jagged sets of teeth Carcharodontosaurs would have had at its disposal. This claw also displays a sleek finesse of a weapon of a hunter, its smaller size being a juvenile, does not belie the threatening nature of this streamlined claw, when musing on an attacking scene of the archosaur, pinning down prey while teeth and jaws went to work finishing off the dismemberment of its prey into small chunks of flesh!
This carnivore was a fierce predator which has earned its reputation at the top of the food chain as science learns more and more about its habits and habitat, overwhelming much of the sauropods for size and speed, even more, ferocious than the North American Tyrannosaurus Rex. C.saharicus’s brain was a little smaller, making this dinosaur, even more, frightening a killing, eating, making little C.saharicus machine Like its distant cousin Tyrannosaurus Rex, the C.Saharicus roamed the prehistoric Cretaceous of Africa as the supreme predator. This theropod dinosaur was the forerunner to T’rex by about 20 to30 million years, extant around 100 to 93 million years ago, reaching 44 feet in length and weighing around 7 to 8 tons. A top predator believed to prey on the weak, and scavenge. A dinosaur king of its territory.