1.9" Fossil Fish Bone Section - Kem Kem Beds, Morocco

 
This is a 1.9" section of unidentified fossil fish from the Kem Kem Beds, Morocco. It appears to be a lower section of the right preopercula or dentary. These are the bones that forms a portion of the lower jaw or gill plate depending on species. There are a number of bony fish from this region so designating a species is all but impossible.

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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DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified Fish
LOCATION
Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
1.9"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#110314
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