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Framed Leiodon Anceps Mosasaurus tooth 399mm

SKU:TFS0622
£222.00

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A bespoke mahogany-black frame showcasing a Mosasaurus tooth from Morocco includes a signed print by Ben Pickup, presented with a glass front for great viewing of these wondrous specimens of a Mosasaurus and Ben's art which has been wonderfully drawn with fine detail.

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NB. Please allow extra time for mounting and framing (Usually takes 1 to 3 weeks during seasonal periods - Please contact us for more information)

You will receive either one of the following genus types of tooth:
- Genus: Mosasaurus Leiodon anceps. (Mosasauridae family).
- Genus: Prognathodon mosasaurs. (Mosasauridae family).

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Age: Mesozoic era, Cretaceous Period, Turonian to Maastrichtian ages, approximately 135 to 65 million years.
Origin: From the Khouribga formation, Casablanca, Morocco, North Africa.

Framed Mosasaurus measurements.
Length: 40 cm
Width: 35 cm
Depth: 3.5 cm

Approximate weight: 1,143 g

Leiodon Anceps Mosasaurus ratio illustration scale to man

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Framed Mosasaurus tooth and artist signed print, mahogany framed Mosasaurus tooth Morocco. With a signed print by Ben Pickup, presented with a glass front, allowing good viewing of this wonderful specimen of a Mosasaurus tooth and Ben's art which has been wonderfully drawn with fine detail. The Mosasaur tooth is originally from the phosphate deposits of Khouribga, Ouled Abdoun Basin, Morocco, North Africa. Dating back to the Cenozoic era, Late Palaeocene approximately 135 to 65 million years.


The Mosasaurs with the extinction of the ichthyosaurs and pliosaurs became the dominant marine predators of the age.


The Cretaceous period marine reptile featured in the saga of Jurassic world films. The Mosasaurs were a group of perfectly developed marine predators, resembling a crocodilian and lizard form, huge double-hinged jaws and skulls armed with many teeth; It is thought they could unhinge their jaws and gulp down large prey. Powerful flippers and streamlined bodies. At first it was thought that Mosasaurs used their bodies like snakes or eels when swimming, in an undulating side to side movement. However the most recent research nows leads us to theorise their bodies remained stiff and a large fluked tail provided the locomotion which propelled the Mosasaur.


Part of a more ancient group of aquatic lizards, the aigialosaurs group. Mosasaurs breathed air, gave birth to live young and grew from around 3 feet; Dallasaurus turneri, the smallest Mosasaur to 50 feet in length; Mosasaurus hoffmannii, the largest. The Mosasaurs reigned for around 20 million years before the mass extinction which also ended the dinosaurs existence, around 65 million years ago at the K-T boundary event. This was the last 20 million years of the Cretaceous period. The Turonian to Maastrichtian ages.


The first fossils were discovered in an 18th century limestone quarry near Maastricht on the river Meuse. When first discovered the skeleton was thought to be that of a dragon and the major of Maastricht had the fossil bones put on display in a glass case for all to marvel at the size of the amazing new discovery.

Additional Information

SKU TFS0622
Age Cretaceous
Origin Morocco