Shark tooth on matrix (Otodus obliquus) from Khouribga, Morocco
From Khouribga, Morocco
Otodus is an extinct mackerel shark which lived during the Paleocene and Eocene epochs, approximately 60 to 45 million years ago. This shark is known from the fossil teeth and fossilized vertebral centra. Like other elasmobranchs, the skeleton of Otodus was composed of cartilage and not bone, resulting in relatively few preserved skeletal structures appearing within the fossil record. The teeth of this shark are large with triangular crown, smooth cutting edges, and visible cusps on the roots. Some Otodus teeth also show signs of evolving serrations.
This is a very large fossil shark tooth of the species Otodus obliquus from Khouribga, Morocco. It's approximately 54 million years old, embedded in the natural matrix in which is was found.
377.3 g, 4.5'' x 3'' x 2''