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    MOSASAUR SKULL - A DEADLY SWIMMING REPTILE
    Halisaurus arambourgi
    Late Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage
    Khouribga phosphate deposits, Morocco

    Prowling the vast oceans of the Cretaceous period over 65 million years ago, the Mosasauridae were amongst the most fearsome predators ever known. The various species ranged in size from under 10 to over 50 feet in length but what each has in common is a long serpentine body, well-adapted for swift aquatic hunting, and powerful jaws filled with vicious teeth. The Mosasaur was named for the river Meuse, near Maastricht in the Netherlands, where remains of this remarkable family were first discovered in the late eighteenth century; since then, specimens have been excavated from Antarctica, Australasia, Europe, Africa and the Americas from north to south. Discovered in so many different locales, it is no wonder that there is a profusion of genera, and exact identification is often problematic. This diminutive skull most likely comes from the H. arambourgi, a relatively new species and the smallest discovered in the abundant phosphate beds of Morocco. It exhibits a fine state of preservation, with neat repair and restoration to the fragile bone. The powerful, elongated jaws bear a good proportion of the original teeth, which in turn retain impressive enamel coverage, and where missing they have not been replaced. The large eye socket adds an evocative aspect to the whole specimen, which measures 16½ inches in length, and is raised to a height of 14 inches on a simple metal display stand.


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