1.22" Cretaceous Fossil Crocodile Tooth - Morocco

This is a 1.22" fossil crocodile tooth from the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco. There are at least six genera (plural genus) known from the Kem-Kem and it is difficult to assign a taxonomic identification because some of the genera are not well described. The genus Elosuchus is the most likely candidate though.

Many teeth from this area are labeled Sarcosuchus but this is highly unlikely. The Kem-Kem Beds are late Cretaceous (100.5-66 mya) deposits, while Sarchosuchus is from the early Cretaceous (145-100.5 mya) and appears to disappear from the fossil record about 12 million years before the deposition at Kem-Kem had begun.


The Kem Kem Beds are famous for yielding a diverse, Late Cretaceous, vertebrate assemblage including fish, reptiles and dinosaurs such as Spinosaurus. These fossils are found in a thin bed that outcrops around the edge of a large plateau near Taouz, Morocco. Local miners collect these fossils by digging narrow tunnels by hand into this plateau following the layer.

A paper on this assemblage can be found at: Vertebrate assemblages from the early Late Cretaceous of southeastern Morocco: An overview

One of the tunnels dug into the Kem Kem beds by local miners following the productive fossil beds.
One of the tunnels dug into the Kem Kem beds by local miners following the productive fossil beds.



DETAILS
SPECIES
Elosuchus sp?
LOCATION
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
1.22" long
ITEM
#140597
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