Carcharodontosaurus saharicus Tooth 61 mm in length, of stout proportions in good stable fossilised condition. This huge tooth from the dinosaur which terrorised the mid-Cretaceous of what is now North Africa. From the classic and lately one of the premier dinosaur fossil collecting locations with highly important and major discoveries in the field of dinosaur palaeontology. The Tegana formation has preserved many vertebrate archosaurs.
This unique and prised collection example of an authentic Carcharodontosaurus killing tooth is no exception. The condition shows enamel loss to the labial face, however still retaining some serrations to the mesial and distal curvatures. The lingual face of the tooth has fared much better, exhibiting crenelations of enamel and serrations up both medial and distal curvatures. A classic sabre shaped cutting tooth, once able to rip through flesh achieving mortal wounds which could slow down other large dinosaurs. Once felled Carcharodontosaur could have been skilled enough to dissect carcasses with surgical precision.
The tooth is of a stable condition, being stout. In hand, one can visualise what an adult Carcharodontosaurs would have been an impressive animal. Such large teeth, with the serrations used in a carnassial shear, would tear lumps of flesh away from another individual or carcass to swallow whole.
With field consolidation, the tooth has been conserved with reconstruction to the base, where the root was seated in the jaw. However this does not distract from the great size, stoutness and now solid consolidated state of a superb fossil tooth find. The colour of the enamel is an attractive mix of a blonde caramel colour with darker staining.