1.9" Fossil Fish Bone Section - Kem Kem Beds, Morocco

 
This is a 1.9" section of unidentified fossil fish from the Kem Kem Beds, Morocco. It appears to be a lower section of the right preopercula or dentary. These are the bones that forms a portion of the lower jaw or gill plate depending on species. There are a number of bony fish from this region so designating a species is all but impossible.

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

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One of the tunnels dug into the Kem Kem beds by local miners following the productive fossil beds.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified Fish
LOCATION
Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
1.9"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#110314
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