05209 - Finest Grade Association 2 Elasmosaurus (Zarafasaura oceanis) Vertebrae Bones
05209 - Finest Grade Association 2 Elasmosaurus (Zarafasaura oceanis) Vertebrae Bones 05209 - Finest Grade Association 2 Elasmosaurus (Zarafasaura oceanis) Vertebrae Bones 05209 - Finest Grade Association 2 Elasmosaurus (Zarafasaura oceanis) Vertebrae Bones 05209 - Finest Grade Association 2 Elasmosaurus (Zarafasaura oceanis) Vertebrae Bones

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05209 - Finest Grade Association 2 Elasmosaurus (Zarafasaura oceanis) Vertebrae Bones

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Zarafasaura oceanis, Vincent et al. 2011 (elasmosaur)
Upper Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage, (~66 Million Years)
Oued Zem, Morocco
Ouled Abdoun Basin (Phosphate beds)
390 mm   •    in
5840 g   •    oz
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Impressive natural association of two huge vertebrae of this species of Elasmosaurus in its phosphatic matrix. This specimen has been stabilized on its surface by Paraloid B-72 to ensure its stability and consistency. This process does not affect neither the color nor any of the characteristics. It simply makes the specimen better preserved in the long term.

This huge and famous marine reptile is characterized by its long and stylized neck. Its morphology enabled it being a very specialized marine predator. Until 2011, this taxon was classified as Plesiosaurus mauritanicus. However, a recent publication by Vincent et al, 2011, does a revision on this species and decides to rename it to Zarafasaura oceanis.

Next you can find a link to the scientific paper: Zarafasaura Oceanis

The Ouled Abdoun Basin (or Khouribga Basin), located in the central sector of Morocco, is an enormous sedimentarian basin represented mostly by a vast filling of phosphate sediments. Apart from having a relevant raw material to be extracted, it has a series of very important paleontological sites in which amazing assemblages from big and small marine vertebrates are present. The basin has a so great continuity in its stratigraphic record that both the Upper Cretaceous as well as the two first epochs of the Paleogene (Paleocene and Eocene) can be studied.

The main assemblage of vertebrate fossils of the Paleogene sector present there is composed by sharks, fish, turtles, marine snakes, rays, crocodiles, other types of reptiles and even marine birds. In the Cretaceous part we can add Mosasaurs, Pterosaurs and Plesiosaurs.

Next you can visit a link with very interesting information about this sedimentarian basin rich in fossil vertebrates: Ouled Abdoun Basin

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