Carcharodontosaurus saharicus Tooth 45 mm, of robust proportions for the size of this anterior positioned tooth with a good stable fossilised condition. From a large dinosaur which terrorised the mid-Cretaceous of Gondwana land, now part of North Africa. Discovered in the premier North African dinosaur fossil collecting zone, from the classic Kem Kem escarpment where many highly important and major discoveries in the field of dinosaur palaeontology can be discovered. The Kem Kem or Tegana formation having preserved many good vertebrate archosaur remains.
Condition report; exhibits full enamel to the basal labial and lingual sides, retaining good serrations to the distal edge, the mesial serrations lost in life, also crown-tip dinosaur life wear. The good blonde colour enamel otherwise evident with a minor repair to the midsection lingual side. The lingual side or face is featured above with the business card image and one other closer image, in the images, you can see the midsection repair, which is a field lab conservation carried out in Morocco. The tip-crown dinosaur life wear runs down the mesial edge obliterating the serration, almost to the basal line, which does exhibit some indistinct serrations. Very intriguing tooth morphology and one may make of it what one can, regarding this life wear while in the carnivorous Carcharodontosaurus jaws.
The overall condition is very good; The colour of the enamel is an attractive blonde colour with traces of red grained sandy matrix internally at the base or root end, typical of the fossil bed heavy iron mineral content. 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.