LOCATION: Oued Zem, Morocco
FORMATION: Ouled Abdoun Basin (Phosphate beds)
SIZE: 340 mm • 13.39 in
Impressive natural association of two huge vertebrae of this species of Elasmosaurus in its phosphatic matrix. This specimen has been stabilized on its surface by Paraloid B-72 to ensure its stability and consistency. This process does not affect neither the color nor any of the characteristics. It simply makes the specimen better preserved in the long term.
This huge and famous marine reptile is characterized by its long and stylized neck. Its morphology enabled it being a very specialized marine predator. Until 2011, this taxon was classified as Plesiosaurus mauritanicus. However, a recent publication by Vincent et al, 2011, does a revision on this species and decides to rename it to Zarafasaura oceanis.
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- Vertebrae on matrix
- Scientific name
- Zarafasaura oceanis
- Geological Period
- Upper Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage, (~66 Million Years)
- Good condition