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Plesiosaur Tooth in Matrix w/ shark vertebra

Original price $36.00 - Original price $36.00
Original price
$36.00
$36.00 - $36.00
Current price $36.00
Zarafasaura oceanis
Late Cretaceous (~70 million years ago)
Phosphate Deposits
Oulad Abdoun Basin, Morocco

 

Tooth approx. size: 2.5"

Shark vertebra approx. size: 1.5"

Matrix approx. size: 4" x 2" x 2"

 

Plesiosaurs were marine reptiles that appeared in the Triassic and died out along with the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. They had a broad flat body and a short tail. Their limbs were four powerful flippers that made a flying movement to propel the plesiosaur through the water. Plesiosaurs breathed air, and bore live young. There are indications that plesiosaurs were warm-blooded. There were two main morphological types of plesiosaurs. Those with the "plesiosauromorph" build had a long neck and a small head; these were relatively slow and caught small prey. Others with the "pliosauromorph" build had a short neck and a large head; these were fast hunters and caught large prey.