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Above: Front of Specimen Card
"Like a sea serpent run through a turtle." ~ William Buckland, Oxford University Geology Lectures, 1832
Featuring a long, snake-like neck and a stout body equipped with slender paddles, Plesiosaurs are one of the most readily identifiable of all ancient marine reptiles. Biomechanical reconstructions suggest that Plesiosaurs moved through the water in the same way that turtles or penguins do, more like flying than swimming. Scientists have also discovered that Plesiosaurs used their unique bodies to hunt for bottom-dwelling crustaceans.
Plesiosaurs, as air-breathing reptiles, lived near the surface in the open seas, and were able to spread around the world. Fossilized skeletons of Plesiosaurs have been found in Europe, North America, and Australia. New paleontological evidence suggests that Plesiosaurs may have given birth to live young instead of laying eggs, adding an interesting twist to a very unique family of reptiles. With global distribution and nearly 140 million years in the fossil record, Plesiosaurs were incredibly successful creatures.
This specimen is a Plesiosaur tooth recovered from deposits in Morocco and dates to the late Cretaceous Period. The specimen comes inside a classic, glass-topped riker display case measuring 4 1/2" x 3 1/2". A small information card is also enclosed that also serves as the certificate of authenticity.
Above: An example tooth in hand.
Please Note: All teeth will show signs of repair (typically small cracks repaired with penetrative stabilizers). The teeth vary in size and shape but most are 1.5" long (~3.5 cm). In addition, to protect the specimen during transit every Plesiosaur tooth is individually wrapped.
On receipt, simply open the top of the case and unwrap the tooth and then arrange the tooth inside the case as pictured here on the site. We also recommend placing the bubble wrap under the soft, white lining of the case. This extra padding will keep the tooth snug in the case after the lid is secured.
Above: Back of Specimen Card