Length 1.26 inches 31.9mm
Date Obtained February 2021
Location Irhazer II Formation, Agadez, Niger
Age 167 million years, Bathonian, Jurassic
This Megalosauridae tooth has good distal serrations and a worn tip possibly resulting from feeding wear, indicating the tooth would have been well-used by the predatory dinosaur it came from. It would make a good addition to any dinosaur collection.
All our fossils are consolidated with paraloid b72, to preserve for future generations as is standard procedure within all museums. No repairs or restoration to this fossil.
The megalosaurids of the Irhazer Shale are poorly known, but if the Tiouraren Formation is any indication, they would likely be closely related to, if not in the same genus as, Afrovenator. Afrovenator was a medium-sized predator reaching lengths of up to 8 meters long.
The Irhazer Shale of Niger is of Middle Jurassic age, much like the better-known Tiouraren Formation in the same country. It is rather poorly-known but is notable as the location of the sauropod Spinophorosaurus.