88345 - Top Beautiful 0.72 Inch Aidachar pankowskii Predatory Fish Tooth
88345 - Top Beautiful 0.72 Inch Aidachar pankowskii Predatory Fish Tooth 88345 - Top Beautiful 0.72 Inch Aidachar pankowskii Predatory Fish Tooth

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88345 - Top Beautiful 0.72 Inch Aidachar pankowskii Predatory Fish Tooth

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Aidachar pankowskii (Forey et Cavin, 2007)
Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian stage, (~96 Million Years)
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, South Morocco
Aoufous Formation, Red Sandstone Beds
18.4 mm   •    in
1 g   •    oz
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Gorgeous complete and perfect tooth of this incredible species of giant predator fish that reigned that waters of the Cretaceous fluvial systems. It is one of the biggest piscivorous fish of this ecosystems. Its tooth are tremendously sharp and present a slight curvature.

Its enamel has a very intense red color. Many sellers erroneously identify this type of teeth with those of the Pterosaur because of its similarities. However, its differences are also easily identifiable. Its morphology is never slightly flat like that of the main species of Pterosaur. This teeth always have a conical shape.

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.

The abundant fish fauna which can be found in the cretaceous layers of the Kem Kem Basin is large and varied. Recently Cavin et al., (2015) made an important revision of the cretaceous association of continental fish in the south of Morocco. Link: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0125786

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