2" Plesiosaur Fossil Vertebrae Cretaceous Dinosaur Era Zarafasaura Elasmosaurus COA
Location: Khouribga, Morocco
Weight: 2 Ounces
Dimensions: 2 Inches Long, 1.5 Inches Wide, 1 Inch Thick
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Zarafasaura Oceanis belongs to the family Elasmosauridae. The generic name Zarafasaura derives from Zarafa, an Arabic word for ‘giraffe,’ and Saurus, Greek for ‘lizard.’ The specific name means ‘daughter of the sea’ in Latin.
Paleontologist Dr. Peggy Vincent from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, and her colleagues first described the species in 2011 from incomplete skull remains found in Morocco.
Zarafasaura Oceanis was approximately 23 feet (7 meters) long and lived around 72 to 66 million years ago.
Plesiosaurus is just one genus of many that form the family Plesiosauriae. In artistic depictions, many artists do not draw a distinction between these types of Plesiosaur. Additional, much of the art depicting the Plesiosaurus is heavily influenced by cryptozoid mythology surrounding the Loch Ness Monster and other similar creatures.
Existed from 228 million years ago to 61.6 million years ago
Lived in a marine environment
Was a carnivore
938 different specimens have been found by paleontologists
Please be aware of the nature of fossils:
Being buried under the ground for millions of years under tons of pressure tends to be rough. No fossil comes out of the ground whole and perfect. Most fossils have undergone some restoration, while others are altered by man simply to enhance their presentation in different ways. The workers in Morocco do a very professional job, of unearthing and preserving these natural treasures, however, commonly natural cracks are visible on the surface. These are part of the natural beauty of the fossil and are not considered defects.