2.45" Fossil Primitive Whale (Pappocetus) Premolar - Morocco

This is a 2.45" wide tooth (premolar) from Pappocetus lugardi, a type of protocetid cetacean (early whale ancestor). These rare teeth come from the Middle Eocene-age Aridal Formation, located in the Western Sahara near Gueran, Morocco.

There is some gap fill restoration and glue stabilization through one half of the root and the tooth has been mounted to the rock. It comes with an acrylic display stand.

Pappocetus is a genus of extinct protocetid cetacean. Protocetids are considered to be one of the earliest examples of whale development during the time they were transitioning from land to sea. Fossil records indicate that they are Middle Eocene in age, existing after Pakicetus (earliest known whale) and prior to Zygorhiza (basilosaurid). These protocetids had become much more whale-like in appearance, featuring a more streamlined body with paddle-like forelegs, and hind-limbs that were greatly reduced in size. Their robust teeth and root structures suggest that they were aquatic carnivores, relying on smell and vision as their most important senses for hunting prey. It's unlikely that by this point they had developed echolocation systems used by modern whales.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Pappocetus lugardi
LOCATION
Gueran, Boujdour, Western Sahara, Morocco
FORMATION
Aridal Formation
SIZE
Tooth: 2.45 x 2.4"
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ITEM
#238050
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