.34" Fossil Crocodylomorph (Araripesuchus) Tooth - Morocco

This is a crocodylomorph (Araripesuchus) tooth from the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco.

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Araripesuchus, colloquially nicknamed "RatCroc" upon the discovery of specimens in Argentina, was a notosuchian crocodylomorph from the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era, 125 to 66 million years ago. They lived in the warm and wet regions of South America and North Africa, and specimens have even been found in Madagascar. The name Araripesuchus, meaning "Araripe's Crocodile", refers to the Araripe basin of Brazil, where the first specimens were collected in 1959. The nickname "RatCroc" refers to the small size, terrestrial adaptation, and large faux-canine teeth placed towards the front of the skull, similar to a rat's incisors. Measuring just under 6 feet (2 meters) at the largest, Araripesuchus was likely a smaller predator in its native ecologies.

An artists reconstruction of Araripesuchus.  By Todd Marshall. Creative Commons License
An artists reconstruction of Araripesuchus. By Todd Marshall. Creative Commons License

The Kem Kem Group is 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.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Araripesuchus sp.
LOCATION
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
.34" long
ITEM
#235995
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