3.1" Theropod Dinosaur (Raptor) Femur - Morocco

 
 
This is a 3.1" femur of a small theropod dinosaur (raptor) from the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco. The fact the bone is hollow is a defining characteristic that allows us to label it as theropod. There are several repaired cracks in the bone but no restoration.


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 Theropod
LOCATION
Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
3.1"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#110177
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