Large Mackerel Shark Tooth - in Matrix - Paleocene - Otodus obliquus

Description
Large Mackerel Shark Tooth - in Matrix - Paleocene - Otodus obliquus
Upper Paleocene, Thanetian stage, (~56 Million Years) - Oued Zem, Morocco

LOCATION: Oued Zem, Morocco
FORMATION: Ouled Abdoun Basin (Phosphate beds)
SIZE: 82.9 mm • 3.26 in

It is a tooth from an enormous shark species Otudus obliquus. It is preserved in its natural matrix. In the same matrix another shark tooth of the Odontaspidae family can be seen associated.

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.

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Lot details
Specimen
Large Mackerel Shark Tooth
Object
in Matrix - Paleocene
Scientific name
Otodus obliquus
Origin
Oued Zem, Morocco
Geological Period
Upper Paleocene, Thanetian stage, (~56 Million Years)
Condition
Good condition
Weight
446 g
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