1.7" Pycnodus Crushing Mouthplate - Cretaceous Fish

This is a 1.7" wide mouth plate from the Pycnodontiform fish Pycnodus. Pycnodus had a superficial resemblance to angelfish and had a mouthful of knobby teeth that it used to crush it's food.

This fossil was collected in the phosphate deposits near Khouribga, Morocco. Phosphate is the largest export of Morocco so the mining of it is big business. These fossils are found as a by product of the mining operations and save from the rock crushers by the locals.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Pycnodus sp.
LOCATION
Khouribga, Morocco
FORMATION
Phosphate Deposits
SIZE
1.7" wide, Matrix 3"x 1.4"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#91310
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