00999 - Well Preserved 1.86 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth
00999 - Well Preserved 1.86 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth 00999 - Well Preserved 1.86 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth 00999 - Well Preserved 1.86 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth

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00999 - Well Preserved 1.86 Inch Spinosaurus Dinosaur Tooth

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Species
Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, Stromer 1915
Age
Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian stage, (~96 Million Years)
Location
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, South Morocco
Formation
Ifezouane Formation, Red Sandstone Beds
Size
47.4 mm   •    in
Weight
7 g   •    oz
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Description
Spectacular example of tooth belonging to a juvenile individual. It has small glued fracture near the tip, but no restorations. The enamel color is spectacular, featuring intense and brilliant dark tones. Finding teeth of juvenile specimens is quite common in these sites. However, it is not so common the fact that it is so well preserved. This piece is a small jewel for any collection.

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 and Ifezouane Formations (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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