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Dyrosauridae Phosphatosaurus

Dyrosaurus Crocodile Skull 4.7ft

£8,492.00 GBP

A highly important museum Dyrosaurus crocodile skull measuring 4.7ft with teeth in their original placement in the alveoli (tooth sockets), within the upper and lower maxilla and mandible. All to often during the fossilisation process the animal's teeth are lost, damaged or severely weathered out of their sockets.

All too often these anatomical species are discovered in an unarticulated and damaged condition, the mandibles separated as the bacteria in the muds which hold the decaying animal, devour cartilage and muscle tissues, allowing the bones to be scattered often by watercourses cutting through evolving fossil beds. This example must have been covered rapidly in heavy silts or mud's creating an anoxic environment. The lack of oxygen preserved the skeletal parts for perpetuity and allows us this unique glimpse back into the terrors of the Cretaceous period and prehistory, a time when these giant gharial crocodiles patrolled the swamps and lagoons and margins of the warm tropical Cretaceous of Africa.

The bone tissue from this Dyrosaurus, now fossilised, and preserved, exhibiting distinct detail of the texture around the muscle and sensory nerve attachment areas. The fossil crocodile skull has lots of characterful attributes, is a scientific study piece and a complementary aesthetically pleasing display statement which could be a central feature in a collection or used as a quirky interior design element.

An important and rare discovery displaying crocodile mandibles and skull completely unearthed init's articulated entirely with the original teeth and bones. All too often during the fossilisation process the teeth are loosened, damaged, severely weathered or lost; to find an intact skull like this is a rare event.

Genus: Dyrosaurus Phosphaticus. (Dyrosauridae. Phosphatosaurus).
Origin: Phosphate of Benguerir, Oulad Abdoun Basin, Morocco, N. Africa.
Age: Mesozoic, late Cretaceous, Maastrichtian, 65 - 70 million years.

Dyrosaurus measurements.
Length: 144 cm
Width: 35.5 cm
Depth: 19 cm

Weight: 20.019 Kg

Crocodile scale to man

DYROSAURUS CROCODILE. 4.2M / 13.7FT
HOMO SAPIEN. 1.8M / 6FT

 

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