2.3" Enchodus Fang in Rock - Morocco

 
This is a tooth from the extinct bony fish Enchodus. Enchodus flourished during the Upper Cretaceous and was small to medium in size. One of the genus' most notable attributes are the large "fangs" at the front of the upper and lower jaws and on the palatine bones, leading to its misleading nickname among fossil hunters and paleoichthyologists, "the saber-toothed herring". These fangs, along with a long sleek body and large eyes, suggest Enchodus was a predatory species.

Artists reconstruction of Enchodus.  By Dmitry Bogdanov, Creative Commons License
Artists reconstruction of Enchodus. By Dmitry Bogdanov, Creative Commons License


The tooth still has a section of jaw attached to it, usually just isolated teeth are found without any jaw material. It's still embedded in the rock in which it was found.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Enchodus sp.
LOCATION
Oulad Abdoun Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Phosphate Deposits
SIZE
2.3" long tooth; 5"x3.2" matrix
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#87987
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