Length 3.32 inches 84.4mm
Date Listed 18th February 2023
Location Kem Kem beds, Begga, Morocco
Age 96 million years, Cenomanian, Cretaceous
This very large Spinosaurid tooth comes from the Late Cretaceous Kem Kem beds in Morocco. It has an impressive size, measuring in at 84.4 mm. It has a large part of the root preserved, and it sports some rare pathology in the form of little dents across the tooth. Something very unusual for certain. The tip has been reattached, but that minor repair is pretty much it’s only flaw. A great chance to get an unique tooth from this famous dinosaur.
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.
It is still being debated how many spinosaurids are present in the Kem Kem Beds. Virtually nothing is known about the potentially valid genus Sigilmassasaurus, but Spinosaurus aegyptiacus is currently thought to have lived much like a stork or heron, stalking aquatic prey such as crocodiles and giant fish from the water's edge, though some argue it was specialized for a largely aquatic life in the water itself.
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.