.8" Cretaceous Fossil Crocodile Tooth - Morocco

This is a Cretaceous aged fossil crocodile tooth from the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco.

Many dealers labeling similar teeth as coming from sarcosuchus (The Super Croc) to make them easier to sell. There were several crocodile species living alongside each other in the Kem Kem Basin. Unless the tooth is super sized (>2 inches) there really is no way of definitively assigning it to Sarcosuchus.

The Kem Kem Beds are famous for yielding a diverse, Late Cretaceous, vertebrate assemblage including fish, reptiles and dinosaurs such as Spinosaurus. These fossils are found in a thin bed that outcrops around the edge of a large plateau near Taouz, Morocco. Local miners collect these fossils by digging narrow tunnels by hand into this plateau following the layer.

A paper on this assemblage can be found at: Vertebrate assemblages from the early Late Cretaceous of southeastern Morocco: An overview


One of the tunnels dug into the Kem Kem beds by local miners following the productive fossil beds.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unknown Crocodile
LOCATION
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
.8" long
ITEM
#72775
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