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.91" Pathologic "Fish Hook" Otodus Shark Tooth Fossil - Morocco

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.91" Pathologic "Fish Hook" Otodus Shark Tooth Fossil - Morocco

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Otodus obliquus (Agassiz, 1843)
Giant Mackerel Shark

Oued Zem, Khourigba, Morocco, North Africa

Upper Paleocene Period - 60 Million Years Old

Otodus Tooth longest length : 0.91 in.
1 inch = 2.54 cm

A great tooth for display or study, showing a severe pathology - a 90ยบ sideways curved crown, like a "fish hook"!

Pathological teeth are formed by either disease or deformity of the sharks jawline, where the teeth form to adjust to the intrusion. They are among the most rare and unusual teeth known and these from Morocco are some of the best quality known from all over the world.

This tooth has no repair or restoration, one cusp is missing from the side


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

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) to the Eocene Period (54 Million Years Old), the mines are going through so much material the earth moved spans this time period.