00117 - Rare Well Preserved 2.99 Inch Unidentified Crocodile Vertebra Bone From Kem Kem
00117 - Rare Well Preserved 2.99 Inch Unidentified Crocodile Vertebra Bone From Kem Kem 00117 - Rare Well Preserved 2.99 Inch Unidentified Crocodile Vertebra Bone From Kem Kem 00117 - Rare Well Preserved 2.99 Inch Unidentified Crocodile Vertebra Bone From Kem Kem 00117 - Rare Well Preserved 2.99 Inch Unidentified Crocodile Vertebra Bone From Kem Kem 00117 - Rare Well Preserved 2.99 Inch Unidentified Crocodile Vertebra Bone From Kem Kem 00117 - Rare Well Preserved 2.99 Inch Unidentified Crocodile Vertebra Bone From Kem Kem

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00117 - Rare Well Preserved 2.99 Inch Unidentified Crocodile Vertebra Bone From Kem Kem

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Species
Unidentified crocodile vertebra bone?
Age
Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian stage, (~96 Million Years)
Location
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, South Morocco
Formation
Tegana Formation, Yellow Sandstone Beds
Size
80x60x48 mm   •    in
Weight
98 g   •    oz
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Description
Rare specimen from the Cretaceous sites in the south of Morocco. It is the thoracic vertebra from a reptile. With only a single vertebra from the postcranial skeleton the taxonomical classification is very complex. Its morphology does not correspond to that of any dinosaur. However, its compression in a ventral way suggests that it could be the vertebra of some crocodile, which were abundant in the Kem Kem Cretaceous record. It is very well preserved, even with the delicate whole transverse processes in its most proximal area.

It does not have any restoration or reparation. Only a sector of the neural spine is missing It is a very rare rest. It can be the subject of study for new comparisons with already published studies.
Therefore, this specimen presents an additional scientific interest given the classification difficulty. Hence, it is very appropriate for subject matter experts.

The crocodile rests represent a high percentage of the faunal association of the Cretaceous in the north of Morocco. However, its specific identification presents an enormous complexity. Even the genus identification is very complicated if only dentition rests are available. Many fossil sellers that work with pieces from this area, label their crocodile teeth as belonging to the huge crocodile of the Sarcosuchus sp genus --however, it is not present in this zone of Africa.

Next we will list the crocodile species described so far in the north African Cretaceous:
- Aegisuchus witmeri (Holliday & Gardner, 2012)
- Araripesuchus rattoides (Sereno & Larsson, 2009)
- Elosuchus cherifiensis (Lavocat, 1955)
- Hamadasuchus rebouli (Buffetaut, 1994)
- Kemkemia auditorei (Cau & Maganuco, 2009)
- Laganosuchus maghrebensis (Sereno & Larsson, 2009)

During the Upper Cretaceous the north of Africa was a humid region close to the Sea of Tetis, a maritime way between the austral continents of Gondwana and the terrestrial boreal masses of Laurasia. At this time, the sediments of the Kem Kem Formation in Morocco were deposited in a fresh water delta system. All the crocodylomorpha lived in this delta next to fish, turtles, snakes and varanidae lizards, ptesoraurs and sauropod dinosaurs, and theropods. All of them can be considered riverside predators. Their potential preys included coelacanths and lungfish, of which fossils have been found in the Kem Kem layers.

The Upper Cretaceous was an important period in the evolution of the crocodiles because many terrestrial masses were splitting What is now Europe and Asia was moving away from Africa, forming the Tetis Sea. In the meanwhile, North America continued separating from the rest of Laurasia, as the Atlantic ocean was widening.
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