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    A VERY RARE ARTICULATED THEROPOD TOE AND CLAW
    Carcharodontosaurus saharicus
    Late Middle Cretaceous Period, 93 - 100 Million Years Old
    Tegana Formation, Kem Kem Beds of the Northern Sahara, Morocco

    Carcharodontosaurus was a huge but lightly built carnosaur that existed around 30 million years before T. rex. It has only been found in North Africa but is possibly related to other similar dinosaurs found in the Western Hemisphere, specifically in Argentina.

    While it had very large dimensions, measuring up to 44 feet long with a 5.2 foot long skull, it was nowhere near as massive as T. rex and certainly did not weigh nearly as much. Nonetheless, they were among the biggest carnosaurs that ever existed and were fierce, voracious killers, as evidenced by their huge serrated teeth that grew as large as 7 inches of serrated blade projecting from the jaw. They also possessed huge claws, for traction and pinning their prey, on their feet. This specimen exhibits one such claw along with the associated toe bones to make one complete toe from this ancient killer. The bone quality is outstanding and thus, the surfaces of the toe bones and claw are pristine, preserving even the finest details of these nearly 100 million year old relics. The bones are preserved in a pleasing orange brown color and are presented on a custom black metal stand that correctly displays the bones in their original life positions. An exceptional and scientifically important display item of the highest quality. The claw measures 4 1/2 inches along the curve and the complete specimen measures 9 1/4 inches on a custom metal base.




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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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