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Eodiaphyodus Granulosus Fish Palate 99mm


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A Rare fossil fish palate tooth of the extinct Tarpon type herring shaped prehistoric fish Eodiaphyodus granulosus unearthed in the region now modern day Morocco. Once underwater the whole region was filled with marine life. Khouribga is the capital of Khouribga Province in the Béni Mellal-Khénifra region near Casablanca and is the administrative centre of a huge phosphate mining industry run by the state, the by product being these extraordinary fossil remains from the Cretaceous era. Read our description below...

Genus:  Eodiaphyodus granulosus
Age: Cretaceous period, Maastrichtian 72 to 66 million years ago.
Location: Khouribga Phosphate, Nr Khouribga, Morocco

Eodiaphyodus granulosus palate measurement.
Length: 9.98 cm
Width: 6.79 cm
Height: 1.66 cm

Approximate weight: 0,105 g

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A pharangyl fish basibranchial tooth (throat tooth plate) plate. A Cretaceous period, Tarpon or Bonefish type fish as these posses pharangyl crushing plate teeth. Eodiaphyodus granulosus had a herring body shape of a ray fins. The genus was described by Arambourg in his study of the Phosphate fossil formations C.1952.

The palate crushing tooth has been excavated, exposed from the fossil bedding plane, cleaned and conserved in a fossil Lab to a high standard. the conservers hand has brought to life an underwater natural history fossil from the Maastrichtian age, the sub division of a time period (72.1 to 66 million yrs ago), during the Cretaceous period, around the time of the last death throws of the Cretaceous before a 'possible' cataclysmic even ended the period. The palate is in extraordinary condition and bristles with a preparation of preservative. The surface plates undulate while verso the matrix infill has been finely abraded to a smooth finish, excellent study piece.

The Eodiaphyodus granulosus fish was a pharangyl fish like the modern day Tarpons and bonefish. Also related to the eel family of fishes. Elioformes (fishes), Eodiaphyodus described by Sauvage C.1875. Found only in Morocco at that time. Later described by Arambourg C.1952.