1.7" Sarcosuchus Imperator Crocodile Fossil Tooth Elrhaz FM Cretaceous Niger COA
Location: Elrhaz Formation, Tenere Desert, Niger, Africa
Weight: 0.5 Ounces
Dimensions: 1.7 Inches Long, 0.9 Inches Wide, 0.8 Inches Thick
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From The Cretaceous Age 122 - 112 Million Years old.
Sarcosuchus Imperator (Greek for "flesh crocodile") is an extinct species of crocodylomorph. lived approximately 122 - 112 million years ago. Dating from the Cretaceous Period. Remains were discovered during several expeditions led by the French paleontologist Albert-Félix de Lapparent, from 1966 to 1970 in the Sahara Desert. These remains were fragments of the skull, vertebrae, teeth, and scutes. In 1964, an almost complete skull was found in Niger by the French CEA, but it was not until 1997 and 2012 that most of its anatomy became known to science. Sarcosuchus Imperator was a large relative of crocodiles, with fully grown individuals estimated to have reached anywhere between 9 to 9.5 m (29 – 31 ft) in total length and 3.5 to 4.5 tons in maximum weight. It had somewhat telescoped eyes and a long snout comprising 75% of the length of the skull. There were 35 teeth on each side of the upper jaw, while in the lower jaw, there were 31 teeth on each side. The upper jaw was also noticeably longer than the lower one leaving a gap between them when the jaws were shut, creating an overbite. In young individuals, the shape of the snout resembled that of the living gharial but in fully grown individuals it became considerably broader. The remains of Sarcosuchus Imperator were found in a region of the Ténéré Desert named Gadoufaoua, more specifically in the Elrhaz Formation of the Tegama Group, dating from the late Aptian to the early Albian of the Early Cretaceous, approximately 112 million years ago