Strange Globidens Mosasaur Tooth from Morocco

Globidens sp. (Shell Crushing Mosasaur)

Geologic Time: Upper Cretaceous Maastrichtian Stage

Size (25.4mm=1 inch): 27 mm tall, 25 mm wide at base

Fossil Site: Oed Zem, Morocco

Code: GBT03

Price: $60.00

Globidens Mosasaur ToothDescription: Globidens is one of the most rare of marine reptiles and is characterized by a massive, bulbous dentition far different from those of most other mosasaurs. Indeed, the species derives its name from these most unusual teeth (globidens= globe tooth). Rarity of the taxon coupled with the unusual dentition has prompted a number of theories about life style. Most theories suggest the dentition was utilized for crushing resistant elements such as turtles or pelecypods or perhaps for scavenging. Specimens of this 6 meter long mosasaur have been found in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. One specimen from South Dakota’s Pierre Shale has been found with the remains of crushed shells from the giant Pelecypod Inoceramis within its stomach region, attesting to its taste for “clam on the half shell”. This one has a portion of the root present; most I havew seen appear to be shed teeth.

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