1.6" Fossil Theropod Dinosaur Vertebra - Morocco

 
 
This is a 1.6" long vertebra of a theropod (raptor) dinosaur. It comes from the Late Cretaceous, Kem Kem Beds of Morocco, home to the meat eating giants, Spinosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus. There is a repaired crack through the body of the vertebra that runs through the pedicles. Theis required some gap fill restoration. The anterior points of articulation have been repaired/restored and there is a repaired crack through the spinous process.


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.
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$85
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified Raptor
LOCATION
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
1.6" long, 1.5" tall
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#144827
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