14020 - Finest Grade Complete Rooted Dyrosaurus phosphaticus Crocodile Tooth
14020 - Finest Grade Complete Rooted Dyrosaurus phosphaticus Crocodile Tooth 14020 - Finest Grade Complete Rooted Dyrosaurus phosphaticus Crocodile Tooth 14020 - Finest Grade Complete Rooted Dyrosaurus phosphaticus Crocodile Tooth 14020 - Finest Grade Complete Rooted Dyrosaurus phosphaticus Crocodile Tooth

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14020 - Finest Grade Complete Rooted Dyrosaurus phosphaticus Crocodile Tooth

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Species
Dyrosaurus phosphaticus, Thomas 1893
Age
Eocene, Ypresian stage, (~54 Million Years)
Location
Oued Zem, Morocco
Formation
Ouled Abdoun Basin, Phosphate Beds
Size
40 mm   •    in
Weight
10 g   •    oz
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Description

Impressive specimen that preserves the root. Great large size, outside of the usual for its species. There is no restoration and no fabrication.

Dyrosaurus is a genus of extinct crocodylomorph that lived from the upper Cretaceous to the Eocene period, surviving the K-Pg extinction event. Dyrosaurus are linked to pholidosaurids as a clade and are defined as slender-snouted, fish-eating specialists adapted to near-shore marine habitats.


The Dyrosauridae are a group of mostly marine, long jawed, crocodile-like quadrupeds up to 6 metres (20 ft) long. Based on bone tissue evidence, it has been hypothesized that they were slow-growing near-shore marine animals with interlocking closed jaws, able to swim as well as walk on land. External nostrils at the posterior end of its snout and an internal naris in its pterygoid indicated a habit of hunting while swimming with the top of the head above the water, enabling it to breathe while stalking prey.

A review of Dyrosaurus phosphaticus (Thomas, 1893) (Mesoeucrocodylia; Dyrosauridae) from the Lower Eocene of North Africa.

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