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Pterosaur Flying Reptile Fossil Tooth


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Pterosaur of Morocco, a tooth which has been preserved in the Continental intercalaire. A long for type, rare and interesting tooth of the enigmatic flying reptile. Exhibiting jaw wear morphology to the striated dentin single tooth. Read more below...

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Genus: Coloborhynchus sp. Siroccopteryx moroccensis (Bryn Mader and Alexander Kellner, 1999)
Age: Upper Cretaceous, Albian to Cenomanian stage, approximately 113 to 96 m.y.a.
Origin: Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Province of Errachidia, South East Morocco.
Formation: Aoufous Formation (Tegana formation), Continental Intercalaire or Red Sandstone Beds.

Pterosaur tooth measurement: 34 mm
Weight: 0,002 g

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Bryn Mader and Alexander Kellner’s Pterosaur is known only from a front section of a fossil jaw with some teeth. The holotype fossil resides in the Long Island Natural History Museum, United States and was found near (Ksar es Souk), modern day Errachidia City, the province of Errachidia in the region of Meknes Tafilalet, in Beg'aa, west of Hamada du Guiren in southeastern Morocco.

The Red sandstones are situated between Algeria and Morocco. The a fine grained alluvium deposits from the Albian and Cenomanian stages of the Cretaceous period are a striking feature in the region. On the sloping edges of the greater Hamada, the natural border between the two states, the fossil sites are exposed in the stained iron red rock and earth of a vast desert area. Here in the Northern Sahara fossil hunters dig for dinosaur fossils and find many other bones of prehistoric fauna.

Siroccopteryx was a flying reptile that lived during the Cretaceous Period. This Pterosaur grew to have a wingspan of over twenty feet . Had lightweight hollow bones and weighed in at around 17 kg (37lbs). It is believed the flying reptiles flapped their wings reminiscent of modern day birds, using the bat like thin membranes attached to the the knees, abdomens and long arms and a specialised fingers which extended the wing to great lengths.

Naming A pterosaur from Morocco. Siroccopteryx meaning, wing of the Sirocco. This referring to the warm of the Sahara. From the Greek pteryx, meaning, wing. The epithet of the type species Siroccopteryx moroccensis refers to the country of origin.



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Age Cretaceous
Origin Morocco
Colour No