1.1" Fossil Crocodile Scute - Kem Kem Beds, Morocco

 
This is a 1.1" fossil crocodylimorph scute from the Kem Kem Beds, Morocco. This specimen is in excellent condition and would probably have come from the back or sides of the body of the animal. There is a repaired crack in the scute.

Scutes are hard bony plated that cover crocodylimorphs, creating a bony armor just below the skin.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified Crocodylimorph
LOCATION
Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
1.1"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#110274
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