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5 Otodus Shark Vertebra Fossils in Matrix - Morocco

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5 Otodus Shark Vertebra Fossils in Matrix - Morocco

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Otodus obliquus
Extinct Mackerel Shark

Oued Zem, Khourigba, Morocco, North Africa

Upper Cretaceous Period - 90 Million Years Old

Otodus Vertebra : 1.28 in. diameter

Backbones : 3.35 in across

Matrix : 3.97 x 2.95 in.

1 inch = 2.54 cm

A string of shark (Otodus) backbones resting on the original matrix as found. Natural and no repair or restoration done to this specimen.


The species of shark is the Otodus, which is one of the more well known of the Moroccan shark species. Otodus was among the group of the largest known predators at the time, with lengths up to 40 ft.

This specimen comes from the phosphate mines located near Khourigba, Morocco and are dated to the Upper Cretaceous Period (99-65 Million Years Old)

Otodus is an extinct genus of mackerel shark which lived during the Paleocene and Eocene epochs, approximately 60 to 45 million years ago.