Stunning Red Coloborhynchus Pterosaur Tooth

$170.00

Description

For sale is a lovely example of a pterosaur tooth from the Kem Kem Basin in Morocco.  The natural hues of the enamel are stunning and there is little to no erosion along the edges; a marvellously preserved tooth. From the top to bottom there are no repairs or restorations; it is authentic with no artificial tampering.  The size and quality of this specimen is superior to the average North African pterosaur tooth. Towards the base we can see longitudinal stretch marks, typical of the genus Coloborhynchus. The riker display box is included; please handle it with care when removing it from the case.

Species: Coloborhynchus moroccensis (Mader and Kellner 1999)

Age: Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (96 million years ago)

Geological Formation: Ifezouane Formation, Red Sandstone Beds

Location: Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, South Morocco

Length:  1.329” (33.75mm)

Width: 0.445” (11.31mm)

Weight: 1.9g (0.067 oz.)

Pterosaurs (meaning "winged lizard") were flying reptiles of the extinct clade or order Pterosauria. They existed from the late Triassic to the end of the Cretaceous (228 to 66 million years ago). Pterosaurs are the earliest vertebrates known to have evolved powered flight. Their wings were formed by a membrane of skin, muscle, and other tissues stretching from the ankles to a dramatically lengthened fourth finger. Like the dinosaurs, and unlike these other reptiles, pterosaurs are more closely related to birds than to crocodiles or any other living reptile.

Early species had long, fully toothed jaws and long tails, while later forms had a highly reduced tail, and some lacked teeth. Many sported furry coats made up of hair-like filaments known as pycnofibers, which covered their bodies and parts of their wings. Pterosaurs spanned a wide range of adult sizes, from the very small anurognathids to the largest known flying creatures of all time, including Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopteryx.

Pterosaurs are often referred to in the popular media and by the general public as “flying dinosaurs”, but this is scientifically incorrect. The term "dinosaur" is restricted to just those reptiles descended from the last common ancestor of the groups Saurischia and Ornithischia (clade Dinosauria, which includes birds), and current scientific consensus is that this group excludes the pterosaurs, as well as the various groups of extinct marine reptiles, such as ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs. Like the dinosaurs, and unlike these other reptiles, pterosaurs are more closely related to birds than to crocodiles or any other living reptile.

Source: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pterosaur


Specifications

Location: Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, South Morocco

Geological Formation: Ifezouane Formation, Red Sandstone Beds

Order: Pterosauria

Family: Ornithocheiridae

Genus: Coloborhynchus

Species: Coloborhynchus moroccensis (Mader and Kellner 1999)

Geological era: Mesozoic

Period: Upper Cretaceous

Stage: Cenomanian

Age (MYA): 96 Million Years

Length:  1.329” (33.75mm)

Width: 0.445” (11.31mm)

Weight: 1.9g (0.067 oz.)

Shipping

This fossil comes with free standard shipping worldwide and will be dispatched within 1 business day. Please allow a transit time of 6+ business days.

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If your item(s) arrives damaged, or you are not 100% satisfied with it, please contact us with the details and if the problem cannot be resolved we will issue you a full refund upon receiving the item back in the mail. Our refund will include the whole amount you paid as well as the cost of your postage. We strive to make our customers happy so please contact us if you have any trouble or questions.

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Standard postage takes 6+ business days to arrive, whereas Express is only 1-4 business days.

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UK & Europe $16 $30
New Zealand $10 $20
Australia Free $8

Our lifetime guarantees means you can buy from us with absolute confidence. If at any time you discover the condition of your fossil was not as described (e.g. has restoration or repairs not as described) we will issue you a full refund including postage.

If your item(s) arrives damaged, or you are not 100% satisfied with it, please contact us with the details and if the problem cannot be resolved we will issue you a full refund upon receiving the item back in the mail. Our refund will include the whole amount you paid as well as the cost of your postage. We strive to make our customers happy so please contact us if you have any trouble or questions.