Large Cretaceous Crocodile Tooth

Sarcosuchus imperator

Crocodyliformes, Pholidosauridae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Albian Stage

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 30 mm long, 15 mm base width

Fossil Site: Kem-Kem Basin, K’Sar-es-Souk Province, South of Taouz, Morocco

Code: CT011

Price: Sold

Cretaceous Crocodile ToothDescription: This is a fine example of a tooth from a crocodyliform thought to be Sarcosuchus. Sarcosuchus is not a crocodile, but a relation. The genus was named by Paul Sereno from material discovered in Niger. This 13 meter long monster was thought to have included dinosaurs on its menu. Notice the good preservation of the enamel, making for a wonderful example of this rarely-seen Archosaur.. In order to keep their teeth fully functional, they were frequently replaced, with the new tooth pushing the old out as it grew. This is why teeth are the most commonly seen reptile fossil.

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