Length 1.26 inches 31.9mm
Date Obtained February 2021
Location Elrhaz formation, Gadoufaoua, Niger
Age 112 million years, Albian, Cretaceous
This Suchomimus tenerensis tooth has a great example of feeding wear at the place where the teeth would hit each other. A great tooth worthy of a place in any collection. At 3.19 cm (1.26 inch) this tooth is of average size. Slight loss of enamel peel as is common at the location where this was found.
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.
Suchomimus was a spinosaurid dinosaur related to Britain's Baryonyx, but was larger, at up to 11 meters long. It had serrated, grooved teeth and huge fearsome claws and is believed to have fed on large fish, smaller dinosaurs, pterosaurs and other animals based on knowledge of other spinosaur prey. It is the largest theropod found so far in the Elrhaz Formation and may have competed with Sarcosuchus for the title of apex predator.
The Elrhaz Formation of Niger preserves an Early Cretaceous ecosystem with wide rivers and home to many species of crocodylomorphs and dinosaurs. Perhaps the most famous inhabitants of the Elrhaz ecosystem are the giant crocodile Sarcosuchus and the spinosaurid dinosaur Suchomimus, though it had many others including the sail-backed iguanodont Ouranosaurus and the wide-mouthed sauropod Nigersaurus.