A superbly well preserved Mackerel shark Otodus obliquus tooth encapsulated within the fossil matrix, the original bedrock of the fossil site. The fossil bed located at the Ouled Abdoun Basin formation of western Morocco, North Africa. This Otodus obliquus shark tooth has been cleaned and conserved. The extremely sharp edges to both mesial and distal side, having been exposed lead to the crown tip. At the very good bourlette and root, one of the cusplet pointers shows great preservation, the medial cusplet yet encased in the limestone block awaiting relief of its tomb still.
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.