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Otodus Shark Tooth In Matrix 81mm


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Welcome to our selection of high quality Otodus obliquus shark teeth, which have been procured from the Ouled Abdoun Basin formation of Morocco, in North Africa. This Otodus obliquus shark tooth has been cleaned and conserved. An excellent dark toffee enamel colour exhibited in this specimen tooth, along with a menial cusplet on the root stock. Interestingly a partial vertebrae is also encapsulated in the matrix block. Each encapsulated tooth has an extremely sharp edges to both mesial and distal side, leading up to the crown tip. Some with a good bourlette and root including cusplet pointers. Read the fuller description below...

Genus: Otodus Obliquus.
Age: Cenozoic era, late Palaeocene, approximately 50 to 70 million years.
Origin: Phosphate deposits of Khouribga, Ouled Abdoun Basin, Northern Sahara, Morocco.

Overall measurements.
Height: 10.2 cm
Width: 12 cm
Depth: 3.3 cm

Otodus Obliquus tooth measurement.
Length: 8.1 cm

Approximate weight: 0,359 g

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Otodus obliquus shark tooth 81mm, a particularly good single shark tooth encapsulated in the original limestone bedding plane. The tooth in matrix (fossil bedrock), unearthed at the phosphate mines near Khouribga, the Ouled Abdoun Basin formation, Morocco. This genuine fossil sharks tooth from the late Cretaceous to the early Eocene periods of North Africa, exhibits superb preservation considering it has lain in the fossil bed, buried for up to 70,000,000 years.

All our shark teeth have been selected, providing you with the best available Otodus obliquus teeth specimens from Morocco. These sharks are known for their fossil discoveries of only the shark teeth and some vertebral centra. As like most elasmobranchs, the skeletons of Otodus obliquus sharks were cartilaginous, cartilage easily broken down by bacteria resulting in most discoveries missing the skeletal structures which can be seen in many other vertebrate fossil depositions.

The Otodus obliquus was a very large Macro-predatory shark with the largest recorded tooth measuring 104 millimetres in length. With each discovery we are able to determine more about these once powerful animals which ranged the globe in prehistoric sea's of the Cenozoic era. Otodus is estimated to have been a fearsome predatory shark which could have grown to a maximum length of 39 feet.

Otodus's prey would have been other marine mammals and fish, also other smaller sharks. Scientist and palaeontologists Theorise that this shark is the ancestor of the great Megalodon of the Miocene period, evolving around 30 to 40 million years after otodus and eventually our modern day Great White sharks. This is the lineage of Carcharocles.

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Additional Information

Age Paleocene
Origin Morocco
Colour Beige