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Eodiaphyodus Granulosus Fish Palate 124mm


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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 which is now modern day Morocco. Once underwater the whole region was filled with marine life, The town near Casablanca, Khouribga is the base of massive phosphate mines 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 Block measurement.
Length: 12.47 cm
Width: 10 cm
Height: 5.65 cm

Eodiaphyodus granulosus palate measurement.
Length: 7.66 cm
Width: 6.8 cm
Height: 2.66 cm

Approximate weight: 0,618 g

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

The palate crushing tooth has been exposed on the original period matrix block, cleaned and conserved in a fossil Lab to a high standard. the conservers hand has brought to life an underwater scene 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 closing chapters of the Cretaceous, before a 'possible' cataclysmic even ended the period. Along with the fish palate are other Maastrichtian fossils, fish vertebrae, a sharks tooth, a fish tale and other bits of marine paleontological debris. All of which create a sense of looking back into time to a chaotic scene playing out on the sea floor. These elements were probably rolled around on the muds of the seabed and collected together at some advantageous point which has preserved them for us to study today.

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.