.75" Fossil Fish Fang (Aidachar) - Kem Kem Beds, Morocco

This is a nicely preserved, needle-like Aidachar tooth, an extinct teleost ray-finned fish. These teeth sometimes get confused with Pterosaur teeth, but they have a distinctive curve near the tip, are more hollow and don't have the typical striations found on pterosaur teeth.

Comes in an acrylic display case.

This article offers an excellent, in-depth look at fish material pulled from the Kem Kem beds in Morocco:
Taxonomic Composition and Trophic Structure of the Continental Bony Fish Assemblage from the Early Late Cretaceous of Southeastern Morocco

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
Aidachar pankowskii
LOCATION
Kem Kem Basin, Taouz, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
.75" long
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#183706
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