LOCATION Oued Zem, Morocco
FORMATION Ouled Abdoun Basin (Phosphate beds)
SIZE 72.5 mm • 2.85 in
It is a tooth from an enormous shark species Otudus obliquus. It is preserved in its natural matrix.
Its preservation is very good, with a premium quality enamel.
Otudus is a genus belonging to the shark group known as mackerel sharks. It reigned the seas during the Paleocene and the Eocene (60-45 million years ago). It is a quite dominant species in the phosphate quarries in this sector of Morocco. This species has only been described via its teeth and vertebrae. As all the Elasmobranchii, the skeleton has a cartilaginous non-osseous nature, what makes difficult its fossilization process. . The teeth of this shark are large with a triangular crown, smooth cutting edges, and visible cusps on the roots.
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- Mackerel Shark Tooth
- in original matrix
- Scientific name
- Otodus obliquus
- Geological Period
- Upper Paleocene, Thanetian stage, (~56 Million Years)
- Good condition