Restoration details: No reconstruction. Some glued and tiny filled fissures, which is absolutely acceptable and desirable as consolidation technique.
Finding locality: Gueran, Western Sahara, South Morocco.
Species: Basilosaurus cetoides; Family: Basilosauridae; Order: Artiodactyla (Cetacea); Class: Mammalia (Ungulata).
One perfectly detailed rooted molar from a top-rare species.
The Eocene of Boujdour and Dakhla are phosphates basins were several fossils document the transition from giant vertebrates from land to sea.
This species belong to the evolutionary episode of transition and adaptation of land mammals to fully aquatic life ones (among them the first pre-historic cetaceans: Basilosaurus and whales).
Basilosaurus, the so called "king-lizard" was, in fact, a pre-historical whale (Archeoceti). More than 19 meters maximum lenght, 5-10 tons, a smal brain. Gregarious behaviours and communication were probably yet far away in the evolution. A hunter.
A rooted molar with this preservation is extremely rare and represents a piece of life evolution on Earth, with museum quality.
- Rooted Molar
- Scientific name
- Basilosaurus cetoides
- Gueran. Western Sahara, Morocco
- Geological Period
- PALEOGENE-Eocene (33.9–56.0 million years)
- Good condition
- 0×0×4.9 cm
- 9 g