Twenty four tooth Sarcosuchus imperator crocodile jaw discovered in the cretaceous layers of De Ksar-es-Souk fossil beds, Kem Kem, Morocco. The important crocodile rostal jaw section having been superbly conserved with reseated teeth, an exceptional three dimensional specimen study fossil. Now elevated on a custom plinth, which has created a stunning exhibit statement. The dramatic display of ferocious teeth punctuating through the alveoli (tooth sockets), at regular intervals.
Some bones and teeth of sarcosuchus were first discovered in 1964 and first named in 1966 by France de Broin and Phillipe Taquet. This was the type fossil. In 1996 Paul Sereno unearthed from the Ténéré southeast of Agadez at Gadoufaoua, Niger, Sarcosuchus remains, including vertebrae, bones, skute plates, jaw elements and a near complete six foot (1.8 metres), skull. enough to conclusively identify Sarcosuchus as a gigantic Cretaceous predator crocodile, in fact the largest crocodilian hunter of that age.
It is thought that Sarcosuchus hunted in freshwater lagoons of North Africa, which is today an arid desert region of the northern Sahara ténéré or Tiniri as the indigenous Berbers name for the region of desert.
Sarcosuchus imperator weighed as much as ten tons and measured as much as 40 feet (12 metres), in length. Other fossil genus of crocodiles have been discovered in this region, Stomatosuchus (Mouth crocodile), named by Ernst Stromer, famously the describer of the dinosaur Spinosaurus aegypticus (the infamous sailed back fish eating dinosaur of the Jurassic park and Jurassic world films and co-existing in the same geographical regions), Laganosuchus (Pancake crocodile) and Kaprosuchus (Boar crocodile), both described by Paul Sereno & Hans Larsson, later in the century, circa 2009.
As the ténéré rarely gives up its prehistoric treasures, here is a rare opportunity to gain a fossil crocodile element which is of important size and also scientifically valuable as a study specimen.
As to the condition of the fossil mount, the jaw is extremely robust in all but the more fragile proximal articular's, indeed the whole jaw at around five kilos is a weighty and stable study fossil specimen, in an excellent state of preservation and now conserved to a high standard. The custom plinth has been designed and fitted to seat the jaw safely and securely in place. The fossil is easily removed from the stand, to enable study and for transportation. This item will be shipped in a custom shipping case.
Presented on a custom black metal plinth our Sarcosuchus crocodile jaw's structure (like our other fossil crocodile specimens) is superb, a rare fossil discovery occurrence, to find this ancient crocodile in an uncrushed state in the fossil bed, the condition and quality of the jaw in its preserved three dimensional aspect is ideally suited for study and exhibition.