00575 - Red Colored Huge 3.74 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth
00575 - Red Colored Huge 3.74 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth 00575 - Red Colored Huge 3.74 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth 00575 - Red Colored Huge 3.74 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth 00575 - Red Colored Huge 3.74 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth

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00575 - Red Colored Huge 3.74 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth

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Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, Stromer 1915
Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian stage, (~96 Million Years)
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, South Morocco
Aoufous Formation, Kem Kem Basin, Red Sandstone Beds
95 mm   •    in
96 g   •    oz
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Beautiful Spinosaurus tooth. It has a considerable size. The tooth presents a loss of part of its brilliant red enamel, uncovering the soft texture of the dentine underneath. The erosions are product of ancient transport processes during the sedimentation, they are not new fractures. It also preserves part of the root. It is a very educational and representative piece. It partially preserves the root, which is an extremely rare feature. It has glued fracture towards the end of the 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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