2.08" Plesiosaur Tooth

This
An artists reconstruction of a pair of Plesiosaur.  By Dmitry Bogdanov
An artists reconstruction of a pair of Plesiosaur. By Dmitry Bogdanov
is an nicely preserved tooth of the large dinosaur aged, marine reptile Zarafasaura oceanis. It's 2.1" long and was collected from the phosphate mines in the Oulad Abdoun Basin of Morocco. The preservation is outstanding, with great enamel a partial root and growth lines. There are a couple of repaired cracks but no restoration.

Plesiosaurs where long-necked marine reptiles with four flippers that appeared in the Triassic and died out along with the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. They reached quite larges sizes, some species as long at 17 meters, and caught slow moving prey. Plesiosaurs breathed air, and bore live young; there are indications that they were warm-blooded.

This species of of Plesiosaur was redescribed from Plesiosaurus mauritanicus to Zarafasaura oceanis in a 2011 paper which can be found at:

A NEW SPECIMEN OF THE ELASMOSAURID PLESIOSAUR ZARAFASAURA OCEANIS FROM THE UPPER CRETACEOUS (MAASTRICHTIAN)OF MOROCCO
DETAILS
SPECIES
Zarafasaura oceanis
LOCATION
Oulad Abdoun Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Phosphate Deposits
SIZE
2.08" long
ITEM
#7748
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