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Ancient Mako Shark

Otodus Obliquus Shark Tooth 88mm

£152.00 GBP

A large Otodus obliquus shark tooth discovered in the Ouled Abdoun Basin formation and now excavated, prepared and conserved in all its glory. Exhibiting sharp mesial and distal crown edges leading up to the crown tip with a good bourlette and root including both cusps at either side. This is a particularly good sized Otodus shark tooth unearthed from the phosphate mines near Khouribga, an authentic shark tooth from the Late Cretaceous to the early Eocene exhibiting superb preservation considering its time in the ground for some 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.

Genus: Otodus obliquus. Ancient Mako, Mackerel Shark.
Age: Late Palaeocene, Eocene, 60,000,000 - 40,000,000 years.
Origin: Moyen, Atlas Mountain Range, Morocco, North Africa.

Otodus tooth measurements.
Length: 8.8 cm
Width: 5.2 cm
Depth: 2.5 cm

Weight: 0.043 g

Otodus Shark scale to man

MEGALODON SHARK. 10M / 32.8FT
HOMO SAPIEN. 1.8M / 6FT

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