Mackerel Shark Tooth - in original matrix - Otodus obliquus

Description
Mackerel Shark Tooth - in original matrix - Otodus obliquus
Upper Paleocene, Thanetian stage, (~56 Million Years) - Africa

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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Lot details
Specimen
Mackerel Shark Tooth
Object
in original matrix
Scientific name
Otodus obliquus
Origin
Africa
Geological Period
Upper Paleocene, Thanetian stage, (~56 Million Years)
Condition
Good condition
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