An exceedingly large Spinosaurus bone displayed onto a on bronze plinth. Scientifically important dinosaur leg bone from the ‘Kem Kem' Red beds the Taouz hamada formation in Morocco's Western Sahara desert, North Africa. The exquisite Spinosaurus aegyptiacus fossil tibia leg bone which has preserved exceedingly well in the Red Sandstone layers, revealing aspects of what could have been its demise. We may never know whether the savage gouges in the leg bone were caused by attack or predation, this is for ones imagination as much as any scientific analysis can determine. The condition is exceptional the completely natural bone tissue without restoration using any artificial enhancers. The leg bone has been stabilised or consolidated, this is when the bone is treated soon after exhumation or later in the Laboratory, creating a solid surface which is handleable, in this instance the bone has been cleaned in the Laboratory in the the British Isles. The bone is stable where fractures are visible, these have occurred during the fossilisation period whilst the fossil bone lay in the fossil formation of Tegana.
The illustrations above show the aspects of the tibia, its huge size, the large medullary cavity and the thickness of the bone which was the main supportive leg bone of this massive and ferocious predator. The injuries sustained were obviously great and these can be clearly seen. Also the confident and exemplary mounting which is an art form in itself and which has been constructed in a stylish and secure method.
Aesthetically the specimen dinosaur bone has a great natural appeal along with beautiful colour tones, soft pinks, typical of the colour of the region, the colour parodying the red city walls of Marrakech or Taroudant, the unique pastal reds of the Drâa region. The specimen cradled onto a bracketed bronze museum mount of exemplary quality. This then has become a natural history sculptural art form. Scientifically and which makes this piece unique are the scarring marks, obviously from an equally large predator dinosaur. The mid to upper section has lined gouges running diagonally across the surface of the bone. These wounds could have been caused by attacks and possibly the animal survived, however in our opinion the ferocity of the blows which must have created these wounds lean towards a fatal gouging of the main leg support. If you can bring a ferocious predator dinosaur down to its knee's the battle is surely done. One may be allowed artist license here to muse at some titanic battle between rivals over some freshly caught prey which ended in only one victor.
Interestingly the bone shows in cross section a similar white vascular structure which first alerted Nizar Ibrahim in his research and study of Spinosaurus bones at the Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano. Nazir was called in to view bones recently acquired by the museo and identified the white colouration and vascular structure which was similar to something he had seen before in Morocco. This bone structure here is very similar and could be from a similar if not same source. This of course is speculation, yes the bone was from the same fossil bed, the same fossil horizon, however we cannot positively know whether it is from the same individual skeleton right now. The bones which led to the eventual discovery of a partial skeleton Nizar finally identified in Italy and with the help of Paul Serrano from the museum of Chicago excavated on the slopes of the Red Beds Hamada in the western desert, the replica of that partial skeleton was composed of bones from various sources and went on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., The exhibition of Spinosaurus, Lost Giant of the Cretaceous Period in April 2015. This current exhibit was discovered in Morocco between 2013 to 2014 made its way to a European source and was secured by our fossil team.