Neoceratodus africanus tooth - 1.20 Inch

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Length 1.20 inches 30.5mm

Date Obtained  August 2020

Location Kem Kem beds, Begga, Morocco

Age 96 million years, Cenomanian, Cretaceous

This lungfish tooth plate shows fine detail and coloration. An average-sized tooth for the species, it features gorgeous red and yellow coloration and is in excellent condition. Highly recommended for any collector who likes fish, the Kem Kem Beds, or wants to collect Spinosaurus prey items.

All our fossils are consolidated with paraloid b72, to preserve for future generations as is standard procedure within all museums. No repair or restoration to this fossil.

Neoceratodus is a genus of lungfishes, still alive today in the form of the Queensland lungfish. However, during the Mesozoic, they were much more widespread and reached much larger sizes, potentially up to three meters. As lungfish, they may have fed on invertebrates and smaller fish as well as plant material, and would have itself been potential prey for Spinosaurus.

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.