Fossil Plesiosaur Tooth & Fish Vertebra in Matrix, Morocco #4
SPECIES: Zarafasaura oceanis
AGE: Upper Cretaceous
LOCATION: Khouribga, Morocco
FORMATION: Phosphate Deposits
This a large and nicely preserved tooth from the long-necked, marine reptile Zarafasaura oceanis. It comes from the Upper Cretaceous phosphate deposits near Khouribga, Morocco.
Plesiosaurs where long-necked marine reptiles with four flippers that appeared in the Triassic and died out along with the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. They reached quite larges sizes, some species as long at 17 meters, and caught slow moving prey. Plesiosaurs breathed air, and bore live young; there are indications that they were warm-blooded.
This species of of Plesiosaur was redescribed from Plesiosaurus mauritanicus to Zarafasaura oceanis in a 2011 paper which can be found at: