1.8" Fossil Mackerel Shark (Cretolamna) Tooth in Rock - Eocene

This is a 1.8" fossil tooth of the extinct mackerel shark, Cretolamna maroccana, from the phosphate deposits near Khouribga, Morocco. It is Eocene in age, meaning it's approximately 54 million years old. This tooth is still embedded in the natural rock in which it was found. There is a repaired crack near the tip of this tooth.

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The Kem Kem Beds are famous for yielding a diverse, Late Cretaceous, vertebrate assemblage including fish, reptiles and dinosaurs such as Spinosaurus. These fossils are found in a thin bed that outcrops around the edge of a large plateau near Taouz, Morocco. Local miners collect these fossils by digging narrow tunnels by hand into this plateau following the layer.

A paper on this assemblage can be found at: Vertebrate assemblages from the early Late Cretaceous of southeastern Morocco: An overview

One of the tunnels dug into the Kem Kem beds by local miners following the productive fossil beds.
One of the tunnels dug into the Kem Kem beds by local miners following the productive fossil beds.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Cretolamna maroccana
LOCATION
Khouribga, Morocco
FORMATION
Phosphate Deposits
SIZE
1.8" tooth, 3.4 x 3.2" rock
ITEM
#139902
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