00191 - Finest Class Juvenile 0.91 Inch Carcharodontosaurus Dinosaur Tooth
00191 - Finest Class Juvenile 0.91 Inch Carcharodontosaurus Dinosaur Tooth 00191 - Finest Class Juvenile 0.91 Inch Carcharodontosaurus Dinosaur Tooth 00191 - Finest Class Juvenile 0.91 Inch Carcharodontosaurus Dinosaur Tooth

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00191 - Finest Class Juvenile 0.91 Inch Carcharodontosaurus Dinosaur Tooth

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Species
Carcharodontosaurus saharicus, Depéret and Savornin 1925
Age
Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian stage, (~96 Million Years)
Location
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, South Morocco
Formation
Tegana Formation, Red Sandstone Beds
Size
22 mm   •    in
Weight
2 g   •    oz
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Description
Wonderful example of juvenile individual of this enormous carnivorous dinosaur. It does not have any type of restoration. It only has an imperceptible glued fracture towards the middle of the tooth, but without any kind of filling. All its characteristics are completely natural and original. Its enamel has a nice brown color, with orangish touches. Only a small sector of the tip is missing, which by its color and texture must correspond to an ancient and natural fracture. The battery of lateral serrations is so perfectly preserved that it could almost even cut today. It preserves a small sector of its natural root.

The teeth with strong and vivid fossilization colors such as red, orange and black come from small paleochannels composed by thin layers, in the intermediate and upper stratigraphic levels (Red Sandstone Beds), from the Aoufous Formation (Kem Kem Basin, South of Morocco). The lithology of this body of sediment is characterized by the dominance of sandstones (also known as arenites) and fluvial gravel, of siliceous nature. Sometimes large concentrations of iron oxide are present, and then a small sample of that is usually present at the base of the tooth. These mineralizations are responsible for the wide range of beautiful reddish color tones, slowly drawn during millions of years via fossil-diagenetic processes. The complicated sedimentarian architecture of the layers where most large vertebrates are found makes the excavation methodology a real challenge. Sometimes the local miners have to excavate long tunnels that follow the distribution of the fossiliferous layer.
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