Otodus Obliquus Shark Tooth 88mm
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Otodus Obliquus Shark Tooth 88mm

SKU:TFS0977

Regular Price: £225.00

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A absolutely superb large predatory tooth of the earliest extinct mackerel shark, Otodus Obliquus. This is a premier collectors tooth with attributions which are described in our description. Read the 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.

Otodus Obliquus tooth measurements.
Length: 8.8 cm
Width: 5.2 cm
Depth: 2.2 cm

Approximate weight: 0,044 g

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The incredible condition of the tooth stands out immediately from crown tip down to longest root end. The bourllete, the area between the top of the root and the bottom edge of the enamel of the lingual face of the tooth, is exceptional, this has a fine sheen, most unusual from this fossil location. The ivory colour of the bourlette is most attractive. Another exceptional feature are the two side cusp pointers, these both exaggerated in the way they are curled over the lingual faces.


N.B. since listing this tooth very unfortunately one side cusp has sustained damage, has come loose and has been reseated, hence price adjustment. Looking at the Lingual face this is the left hand side cusplet.


The atypical light colouration of the caramel is affected on the labial face by a most attractive wine to light purple hue, this speckling darker patches in places. The slightest life wear to the labial crown face is an interesting morphological feature, this is obviously life wear from the shark while the tooth was sited in the jaws and tells its own story of the animals feeding. The large size of this tooth substantiates this as does the fact this is from a large individual. The root stock is completely perfect, in fact the whole tooth is honest and genuine completely unbroken, no repair as is often the case from this location. An exceptional and unique find.


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. Each single tooth has an extremely sharp edge on both mesial and distal side, leading up to the crown tip. A good bourlette and root including both cusps.


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 believe this shark is the ancestor of the great Megalodon shark of the Miocene period, evolving around 30 to 40 million years after otodus obliquus and eventually the modern day Great White sharks, the lineage of Carcharocles.


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Additional Information

SKU TFS0977
Age Cretaceous
Origin Morocco
Colour Beige

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