Supremely Rare Pterosaur Jaw Fossil

Cf Xericeps curvirostris

Class Sauropsida, Order Pterosauria, Family Azdarchoidea

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Albian Stage

Sizes (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is360 mm length, 30 mm high and 25 mm across at proximal edge

Fossil Site: Kem-Kem Basin, South of Taouz, Morocco

Fossil Code: 19084

Price: Sold

Xericeps Pterosaur Jaw FossilDescription: This is a fine example of the mandible (lower jaw) of the Azdarcchid pterosaur currently known as Xericeps curvirostris coming from the Middle Cretaceous Albian Stage deposits of the Kem-Kem Basin, Morocco. This is only the third pterosaur to be described from Morocco (online in2017 and in print in 2018). The Azdarchids are the largest known of the Pterosaurs with Quetzalcoatlus northropi of Texas the most famous, and had a wingspan equal to that of a small private airplane. The Azdarchids are so far all edentulous (toothless).Most Pterosaur remains from Morocco consist of teeth (see my other offerings), and are the result of commercial collecting of dinosaur teeth. This one is nearly twice the size of the one described in the literature, and is a similar state of preservation, There is a repaired break some 40 mm from the proximal edge which does nothing to detract from this specimen’s significance. The specmen has received a coating to stabilize it as Pterosaur remains are notoriously fragile. In nearly 20 years this is the FIRST and ONLY such example I have been able to secure.

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