4.9" Tall Fossil Crocodile Dorsal Vertebra - Morocco

 
 
 
 
 
 
This is a 4.9" fossil dorsal vertebra of an unidentified crocodile from the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco. It is in very good condition and contains the centrum and spinal processes. This vertebra is from between the ribcage and the pelvis. There are a couple of repaired cracks with some back fill work in the cracks.

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.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified Crocodilymorph
LOCATION
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
2.7" wide, 4.9" tall, 2.4" long
ITEM
#118154
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