3.47" Serrated Sokolovi (Auriculatus) Shark Tooth - Dakhla, Morocco

This is a serrated, 3.47" long, fossil tooth (Otodus sokolovi) from the Middle-Late Eocene aged deposits near Dakhla, Morocco. This one is fairly large for the species and is quite nice. There is one repair through the left root lobe but otherwise the tooth is in excellent condition.

This shark was an ancestor to the Megalodon which lived some 20 million years later. In the past, these teeth have typically been labeled as Carcharocles auriculatus but based on the newest research and classifications Otodus sokolovi would be the correct name. This shark represents a transitional species between Otodus (Carcharocles) auriculatus and Otodus (Carcharocles) angustidens.

A paper the fauna from this location including classifications of the shark teeth can be found below.

A Middle-Late Eocene vertebrate fauna (marine fish and mammals) from southwestern Morocco; preliminary report: Age and palaeobiogeographical implications
Otodus sokolovi (Carcharocles auriculatus)
Dakhla, Western Sahara, Morocco
3.47" long
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