3.5" Fossil Mosasaur (Halisaurus) Jaw Section - Morocco

 
This is a 3.5" fossil jaw section of a Mosasaur (Halisaurus) from the Phosphate Deposits near, Khouribga, Morocco. It contains two teeth and is likely from the left maxilla (upper jaw).

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Artists reconstruction of a Halisaurus.  By Nobu Tamura
Artists reconstruction of a Halisaurus. By Nobu Tamura


Halisaurus is a comparatively small Mosasaur, maxing out at around 10 feet in length. It was a sleek and likely quick member of the family. Besides it's small size it it had distinctively, backward curving teeth that would likely have been used for grasping slippery prey like fish. A paper describing this species can be found below.

Description of new specimens of Halisaurus arambourgi BARDET & PEREDA SOBERBIOLA, 2005 and the relationships of halisaurinae

It comes from the phosphate deposits near Khouribga, Morocco. These deposits are mined for phosphate, one of Moroccos biggest exports. The fossils are collected as a byproduct of the mining operations, saving them from certain destruction by the rock crusher.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Halisaurus arambourgi
LOCATION
Khouribga, Morocco
FORMATION
Phosphate Deposits
SIZE
3.5" jaw, 4.2 x 2.8" rock
ITEM
#114578
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