A remarkable discovery of a dinosaur claw from the Cretaceous of Gondwanaland, now part of the continent of North Africa. The genus type we have attributed to a Dromaeosaur. The region from where the ungual claw derived is geologically the fossil layers of the Cenomanian and Turonian strata of the age of 112,000,000 to 89,000,000 years.
Condition is good, a fracture (break?) midway appears to reaffixed, where also a flake of bone tissue has been reseated, the claw has been carefully conserved and cleaned. In a good stable condition, exhibiting good anatomical interest, bone structure, blood vessel groove. The morphology of the claw is excellent having attributes of the dromaeosaurs family. The claw is complete; the bone structure is evident and clear to the proximal end where the blood vessel structure is exposed and profusely well defined. As is the artery vein groove situated on both flanks of the claw. Proximally the claw and groove are the points of connection of the flex tendon points which also exhibit clear distinct morphology.
A ferocious small theropod dinosaur which roamed the Cretaceous land, what is now the northern Sahara desert of North Africa. Dromaeosaurids, the family of feathered theropod dinosaurs, generally small or medium in size (compared to Spinosaurids and Carcharodontosaurids), feathered carnivores that flourished in the Cretaceous Period. Stealth and agility were the Dromaeosaurs hunting and evading techniques, a true raptor quality.
There are many influences which play a role in the outcome and extraction processes when considering the value of these Dinosaur fossils and the diminishing resource, in this region of the world, of this unique site. Complete, undamaged dinosaur fossils are limited in occurrence; it requires much collecting time in the field to acquire such a fine example. Prestigious fossils are rare. These sites will too become exhausted, coupled with political and military unrest in the region making collecting more haphazard.
Genus Att: Dromaeosauridae; Matthew & Brown, 1922
Age: Mesozoic era, Cretaceous period, Cenomanian 112 to 93 and Turonian stages 93 to 89 million years ago.
Origin: Tegana formation, Continental Red beds, Kem Kem sequence, Nr Arfoud, province Er-Rachidia, S.E.Morocco, North Africa.
Spinosaurus claw measurement.
Curvature Length: 4.4 cm
Direct Length: 4.1 cm
Width: 1.2 cm
Height: 2.0 cm
Approximate weight: 0,005 Kg