This is an authentic dinosaur tooth from the Late Cretaceous Kem Kem Beds (formerly Tegana Formation) of Morocco. These small theropod dinosaurs from the Tegana Formation have yet to be described, primarily due to lack of articulated bone material having been found in the formation. This means it is impossible to provide a species or even genus ID to these teeth.
These small teeth are almost universally referred to as raptor teeth. A paper analyzing isolated teeth from the Kem Kem beds
came to the conclusion only some of these small theropod teeth can be attributed to an unidentified Dromaeosaur (true raptor
) while many can be attributed to a yet to be identified Abelisaur. The visual differences between the teeth they attributed to these two families of dinosaurs is very slight so we prefer to err on labeling them as just unidentified.
Comes in an acrylic display case.
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.