1.25" Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias) Tooth - Dakhla, Morocco

This is a 1.25" long, fossil Mackerel Shark (Carcharias sp) from the Eocene aged deposits near Dakhla, Morocco.

A paper the fauna from this location including classifications of the shark teeth can be found below.

A Middle-Late Eocene vertebrate fauna (marine fish and mammals) from southwestern Morocco; preliminary report: Age and palaeobiogeographical implications

About Sand Tiger Sharks (Carcharias)

Carcharias are and were a genus of shark belonging to the Odontaspididae family, also known as sand sharks. All of the sand shark family have gone completely extinct, with the exception of Carcharias taurus, the sand tiger shark. On average, most Carcharias species were about 8 to 10 feet in length. Carcharias sharks are very similar to their living kin, other mackerel sharks, and had long streamlined bodies and sharp serrated teeth meant for feeding on other fishes. Carcharias species began to emerge in the Cretaceous period over 66 million years ago. With the exception of the aforementioned Sand Tiger shark, all Carcharias species have been extinct as of 12000 years ago. As sharks, they lost and replaced their numerous teeth hundreds if not thousands of times throughout their lives. Because of this, their teeth are fairly common finds in many parts of the world.
Carcharias sp.
Dakhla, Western Sahara, Morocco
1.25" long
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