1.5" Mosasaur Tooth In Rock
1.5" tooth 3" x 3.75" rock
Prognathodon sp. (Mosasaur)
Late Cretaceous (~70 Million Years)
This is a large tooth of Prognathodon, a large type of Mosasaur from the Late Cretaceous, phosphate deposits near Khourigba, Morocco. It's still partially embedded in the rock it was found in, but work has been done to expose it and bring it out in nice relief against the rock.
It comes from the phosphate deposits near Khourigba, Morocco. These deposits are mined for phosphate, one of Moroccos biggest exports. The fossils are collected as a byproduct of the mining operations, saving them from certain destruction by the rock crusher.
Mosasaurs are a family of enormous, marine reptiles that truly dominated the seas 90 million years ago. They ruled during the last 20-25 million years of the Cretaceous period. With the extinction of the ichthyosaurs and decline of plesiosaurs, mosasaurs diversified to become prolific, apex predators in nearly every habitat of the oceanic world.