A particularly good sized Otodus obliquus shark tooth 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.
Condition; The remarkably large tooth is in very good condition, the bourlette root is complete including both side pointers. The dentin/enamel of the crown is attractive and about 97% complete, there is bleeding to the labial face just above the bourlette topping. The crown enamel shows creasing lines only, these sustained in the fossil bed no doubt. The crown tip has slight life wear this is smooth and polished from time in the animal's mouth and the fossil bedding layers, the tip worn down in the fishes jaws, an interestingly morphological aspect. Overall this is a wonderful tooth that is complete, has not broken up in the fossil bed, although as one may view in the images there are fracture lines and some matrix still attached to the rootstock, the tooth has remained stable and complete. A very heavy specimen in the hand.
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 is 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 seas 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.