LOCATION Oued Zem, Morocco
FORMATION Ouled Abdoun Basin (Phosphate beds)
SIZE 61.6 mm • 2.43 in
WEIGHT 40 g • 1.41 oz
It is a well preserved collection of 5 teeth. The color of its enamel varies between tones of cream and brown. Some of them have some glued or restored (filled) fractures.
Elasmosaurus teeth from the Upper Cretaceous from the Oulad Abdoun Basin are relatively more scarce than the Mosasaurus. This huge and famous marine reptile is characterized by its long and stylized neck. Its morphology enabled it being a very specialized marine predator. Until 2011, this taxon was classified as Plesiosaurus mauritanicus. However, a recent publication by Vincent et al, 2011, does a revision on this species and decides to rename it to Zarafasaura oceanis.
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- Bel ensemble de dents d'élasmosaure
- Nom scientifique
- Zarafasaura oceanis (5)
- Période géologique
- Upper Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage, (~66 Million Years)
- Bon état
- 40 g