2.43" Carcharodontosaurus Tooth - Feeding Worn Tip

 
This is an authentic, 2.43" long fossil tooth of Carcharodontosaurus from the Late Cretaceous, Kem Kem Beds of Morocco. Carcharodontosaurus was a massive predatory dinosaur that reached sizes larger than that of Tyrannosaurus rex, though this tooth would have come from a juvenile with much smaller teeth.

The tooth has beautiful, mahogany colored enamel preservation. The tooth is very thick in cross section so it likely came from near the front of the jaw. The serrations are a bit worn, but most are still visible along one edge of the blade and about half on the other. There is some feeding wear to the tip.

Comes with a floating frame display case.

Carcharodontosaurus comprised a genus of dinosaurs that dominated the land between 100-93 million years ago, during the mid-Cretaceous Period. This genus is currently known to include two gigantic species, which were among the largest known predatory dinosaurs. There were immense as the genera Tyrannosaurus and Giganotosaurus, but not as colossal as Spinosaurus.

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An artists reconstruction of Carcharodontosaurus. By Nobu Tamura


Along with the spinosaurids, carcharodontosaurids were the largest predators in the early and middle Cretaceous throughout Gondwana, with species also present in North America (Acrocanthosaurus), and Asia (Shaochilong). Various scientists submit length estimates for C. saharicus ranging between 12 and 13 m (39-43.5 ft) and weight estimates between 6 and 15 metric tons.





Carcharodontosaurids were a scourge of the land as giant, shark-toothed terrors in a world of monsters. Though spinosaurids would have been a formidable enemy, they may have occupied a semi-aquatic niche which reduced competition. Both giant hunters also shared their world with menacing, 30 foot ancient crocodiles that had a taste for dinosaur.

Past the Turonian (93.9-89.8 mya), Carcharodontosaurus might have been replaced by the smaller abelisaurids in Gondwana and by tyrannosaurids in North America and Asia. The disappearance of carcharodontosaurids, spinosaurids and other fauna in Gondwana and across the world, suggests a global replacement event. Despite the event, fossils discovered in Brazil which appear to be carcharodontosaurids, indicate some survivors of this group until the latest stage of the Cretaceous.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Carcharodontosaurus
LOCATION
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
2.43" long (straightline)
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#85725
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