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Species: Marine Reptile
Age: Cretaceous Period
Location Found: Morocco
This is a large Mosasaur Tooth with a composite root situated in a composite block.
Mosasaurs were large marine reptiles that were well-adapted to living in the warm, shallow, epicontinental seas prevalent during the late Cretaceous Period, between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago. They breathed air & were powerful swimmers making them so well adapted to this environment that they gave birth to live young, rather than return to the shore to lay eggs, as sea turtles do. Mosasaurs had many qualities of a modern day snake, they had two rows of teeth in their upper jaw, the main set, and a smaller set toward the rear & centre of their mouths.
What is a Composite?
The tooth fossil is genuine but the matrix and root are not. There is very good reason for this being done.
Most fossils come from a sandy bed in Morocco. Fossils extracted from this bed have fragile components and would never come in a hard matrix from this specific location. The fragile components can crumble apart easily, so the composite is created to show what the original complete specimen would have looked like.
SIMILAR TO SEEN: The image shows an example of the single specimen you will receive. This will be picked from our stock box graded and with a size within the minimum and maximum size range indicated. It will not be the exact specimen in the photo, the colours, shape, size and style may vary as with any natural item.