1.25" Serrated Sokolovi (Auriculatus) Shark Tooth - Dakhla, Morocco

This is a serrated, 1.25" long, fossil tooth (Otodus sokolovi) from the Middle-Late Eocene aged deposits near Dakhla, Morocco.

This shark was an ancestor to the Megalodon which lived some 20 million years later. In the past, these teeth have typically been labeled as Carcharocles auriculatus but based on the newest research and classifications Otodus sokolovi would be the correct name. This shark represents a transitional species between Otodus (Carcharocles) auriculatus and Otodus (Carcharocles) angustidens.

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
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SPECIES
Otodus sokolovi (Carcharocles auriculatus)
LOCATION
Dakhla, Western Sahara, Morocco
SIZE
1.25" long
ITEM
#225240
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