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* SOLD * Dyrosaurus Crocodile Skull on Steel Swivel Base 3.5ft


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An important and rare fossil discovery of a Dyrosaurus crocodile, complete with the original teeth intact and very well preserved and conserved in the original matrix block (fossil bedrock), from North Africa. This is unique in the preservation aspect, in that the skull has not been crushed, as many of fossils found in this fossil location are found to be flattened or squashed and not in a three-dimensional state of preservation. This gharial crocodile fossil skull allowing a fascinating study and also making a very pleasing sculptural statement for any crocodile aficionado or interior decorator. The specimen balanced on a revolving pin enabling accent to more than one fixed position.

Genus: Dyrosaurus Phosphaticus / Phosphatosaurus sp.
Origin: Phosphate deposits of Benguerir, Oulad Abdoun Basin, Morocco, North Africa.
Age: Mesozoic era, late Cretaceous, Maastrichtian epoch, approximately 65 to 70 million years.

Dyrosaurus crocodile measurements.
Length: 107 cm

Overall weight: 39.1 Kg

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A rare Dyrosaurus crocodile 1070mm complete fossil skull retaining the reptilians teeth still in place. Also a fascinating exhibit of aesthetically dramatic and scientific importance for the study of crocodilians of the Cretaceous period of Morocco. The fossil matrix has been strengthened by our fossil technical Lab. Superbly mounted on a stainless steel revolving pin and plinth base, the base suitably weighty, the specimen fixed in balance so enabling swing, enabling positioning and study.


The unique crocodile skull (like our other fossil crocodile specimens) shows exceptionally well preserved bone tissue and texture. Placements where the Crocodiles muscle tissue and sensory nerves would have been attached, also known as scute or dermal plates, this scute gave the crocodile the archetypical leathery appearance in life. The original teeth clamped tightly together in a menacing grin and seated in the dyrosaurus's Jaws. The fossil skull is encapsulated in the fossil bed matrix now sympathetically shaped for an attractive display.


The base is detachable enabling further study of the fossil skull and for transportation. This fossil will be shipped in a shipping case.


The Tethyan phosphate trend sprawls across North Africa and the Middle East and is mined in several countries. The Moroccan portion of the trend is presently the most exploited, producing about 19 million tonnes or 14% of the global supply [1980 figures], making this one of Morocco main industries. All mining is state-owned by the Office Cherifien des Phosphates [OCP]. In the plateaux of this region are three to five main outcrops of phosphate beds. Around the area of Kouribga city, the Oulad-Abdoun plateau has been mined since the 1920s. The Ganntour plateau to the south has been mined for many years. A new mine in the central area of this deposit at Ben Guerir was commissioned in 1981. Hence the recent discoveries since this date of numerous fossils.


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