Carcharodontosaurus saharicus tooth 45mm in length having a very good dark mahogany colour to the enamel particularly on one face as is typical of this type of find from these beds. One side always seems to fair better than the other. In deposition the tooth face down in the silts has a better chance to remain in a decent condition, whereas the upper face is susceptible to the elements and any traffic around the death site possibly, or attack site, teeth are lost when the dinosaur is ripping open carcass for instance and later in the fossil bed, even a water course and environmental attrition, weathering is the main cause of wear and tear to any fossil deposit especially millennia later when exposed by final weathering, this is when a fossil can disappear completely ground to dust and scattered into the wind, especially in this desert deposition.
first discovered in 1927 and first named 'Megalosaurus Saharicus' however the holotype skeleton was destroyed in World War II. The next discoveries were in 1996 by the much celebrated Serano working out of the museum of Chicago. The naming of Carcharodontosaurus from the Greek is interesting and describes in the readers mind to the ferociousness of this bipedal theropod carnivore. Seemingly aptly named from the shark lineage of Carcharodon ”shark-toothed lizard", the Carcharodon themselves named from the Greek karcharo, jagged tooth. This a sense of some rather nasty serrated and jagged sets of teeth. Here in this example one can clearly see the serrations. One can image two gapping jaws full of these apex predator teeth clamping down for the cutting and ripping blow to make short work of any tender fleshy parts.
Carcharodontosaurus saharicus was a fierce predator which has earned it's reputation as an apex predator, the top of the food chain. As science gleams more about its habits and habitat, overwhelming much of the sauropods for size and speed, even more ferocious than the North American Tyrannosaurus Rex, it becomes clear that with Spinosaurus Carcharodontosaurus must have been a terrifying all terrain terror. Able to move at speed with its bulk about one tonne heavier than T'Rex an unstoppable force of nature and therefore so aptly named, as the Gt.White sharks of today terrorise our human consciousness for open water activity, this behemoth silhouette in the Cretaceous must have spread fear into everything else in its vicinity. C. saharicus’s brain was a little smaller than T'Rex, building a picture more freighting again, bigger, faster, heavier and perhaps dumber, making this dinosaur even more frightening a killing, eating, making little C.saharicus life-force, Like its distant cousin Tyrannosaurus Rex, the C.Saharicus roamed the prehistoric Cretaceous of Africa as supreme predator. This theropod dinosaur was the fore runner to T’rex by about 20 to 30 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.