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5.7" Dyrosaurus Phosphaticus Crocodile Fossil Vertebrae Cretaceous Dinosaur Era


Location: Khouribga, Morocco

Weight: 11.9 Ounces

Dimensions: 5.7 Inches Long, 3.3 Inches Wide, 2.1 Inches Thick

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This is a genuine fossil.

Name: Dyrosaurus.

Named By: Auguste Pomel - 1894.

Diet: Carnivore.

Size: Up to 6 meters long.

Known locations: Across North Africa including, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Niger, and Tunisia.

Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous through to the Ypresian of the Eocene. Libyan remains suggest as late as the Priabonian of the Eocene.

      Dyrosaurus Phosphaticus was a long-snouted crocodile that had jaws filled with numerous, thin recurved teeth. These kinds of teeth are indicative of a piscivorous (fish-eating) lifestyle. At up to six meters long, Dyrosaurus were large when compared to modern crocodiles, though positively tiny when compared to some North African Mesozoic crocodiles like Aegisuchus, and Sarcosuchus. Dyrosaurus however managed to survive the KT extinction sixty-five million years ago, and the genus continued to be present in North Africa till the Eocene.

       Care should be taken not to confuse Dyrosaurus with the similarly named ornithopod dinosaur Dryosaurus.


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 anda are not considered defects. 

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