LOCATION Oued Zem, Morocco
FORMATION Ouled Abdoun Basin (Phosphate beds)
SIZE 82.2 mm • 3.24 in
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.
The fossils of this huge shark indicate that it must have been an incredible marine macro-predator. Its length has been estimated between 9 and 12 m (30-40 ft).
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- Very large Mackerel Shark Tooth
- Scientific name
- Otodus obliquus
- Geological Period
- Upper Paleocene, Thanetian stage, (~56 Million Years)
- Good condition