Exquisite Carcharodontosaurus Tooth - 4.64"
This extremely fine fossil tooth belonged to a giant carnivorous dinosaur called Carcharodontosaurus saharicus, meaning "shark-toothed lizard of the Sahara".
This Cretaceous predator was one of the most imposing animals to ever walk the planet, surpassing Tyrannosaurus rex in overall size, weighing between 6 and 15 metric tonnes and measuring 43 feet (13 meters) in length!
Carcharodontosaurus had menacing, serrated teeth that reached a staggering 8 inches (20 cm) in length, which lined the powerful jaws of a 5.2-foot (1.58 meter) skull.
It lived alongside other giant North African theropods, including Spinosaurus and the related Giganotosaurus, but it predated T-Rex by 25 million years.
An especially desirable specimen, it boasts sharp serrations, a pointed tip, and wonderful reddish enamel. The tooth is partially rooted and has no repair or restoration.
- Species: Carcharodontosaurus saharicus
- Age: Cretaceous – 93 to 100 million years old
- Location: Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
- Measures 4.64" x 1.53" x 0.73"
- Weighs 102 grams
Artist's reconstruction of Carcharodontosaurus saharicus. Credit: Nobu Tamura