Size 2.34 inches 59.4mm
Date Obtained August 2020
Location Kem Kem beds, Begga, Morocco
Age 96 million years, Cenomanian, Cretaceous
This crocodile scute is decently sized and well-preserved with smooth, well-defined external details and a nice red-brown coloration. It would make a good addition to a beginner's collection.
All our fossils are consolidated with paraloid b72, to preserve for future generations as is standard procedure within all museums. No restoration to this fossil.
The Kem Kem Beds of Morocco contain many crocodylomorphs, not all of which are properly described. These include the giant Elosuchus, the terrestrial predator Hamadasuchus, the terrestrial omnivore Araripesuchus and the fish-eating Laganosuchus. Species undescribed now will hopefully be described in the future.
The Kem Kem Beds of Morocco date to the middle of the Cretaceous Period and seem to preserve an unusual delta ecosystem with a high proportion of carnivores, including Spinosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, two abelisaurids, Deltadromeus and an abundance of crocodylomorphs, in addition to many species of freshwater fish. Herbivorous dinosaurs seem to consist almost entirely of sauropods and some paleontologists believe that aquatic prey served the base of the predatory food chain.