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    FINE FOSSIL CROCODILE SKULL
    Dyrosaurus phosphaticus
    Eocene
    Ouled Abdoun phosphate basin, Morocco

    This is a beautiful example of the skull of the D. phosphaticus, an extinct ancestor of today's crocodiles. Little is known about the species, but the long slender jaw and numerous recurvate teeth immediately indicate a formidable predator. The masses of wicked-looking teeth that line the creature's snout are stunningly presented, prepared free-standing and display good enamel coverage. The rest of the skull is similarly fine, with wonderful bone texture and excellent three-dimensionality in a side-view preparation. The species is named for the abundant Moroccan phosphate beds in which it is found, but few survive in a stable enough condition to be removed entirely from their field jackets, and are often crushed or the bones widely scattered. This is therefore a fine and rare example, measuring 39½ inches long, beautifully presented on a ground of orange-brown sand in a molded gilt frame, 30½ x 54¼ inches, suitable for hanging.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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