top of page

The African T-Rex Toe, a remarkable fossil specimen that provides a unique window into the ancient world of the Cretaceous period, around 99 to 93 million years ago. This extraordinary find hails from the Kem Kem Formation in Morocco, a renowned paleontological treasure trove that has yielded some of the most fascinating and enigmatic dinosaur discoveries in recent history. What makes the African T-Rex Toe truly exceptional is not only its age but also the species to which it belongs – the fearsome Carcharodontosaurus.

 

Carcharodontosaurus, often dubbed the "African T-Rex" due to its remarkable size and predatory nature, was one of the apex predators of its time. This colossal dinosaur was known for its massive size, razor-sharp teeth, and a voracious appetite. The African T-Rex Toe provides us with a rare opportunity to study the anatomy and lifestyle of this prehistoric giant in unparalleled detail.

 

This well-preserved fossil specimen serves as a testament to the incredible biodiversity of the ancient African ecosystem and the ongoing scientific discoveries in the Kem Kem Formation. The African T-Rex Toe not only captivates the imaginations of paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts but also serves as a valuable educational tool, allowing people of all ages to connect with the awe-inspiring world of prehistoric life. Its discovery underscores the importance of preserving and studying our planet's geological history, offering a glimpse into a time when giants like Carcharodontosaurus roamed the African continent.

 

This toe fossils measures roughly 5cm long and 3.5cm wide. Information card will be included. 

 

- More Information

 

Carcharodontosaurus, often referred to as the "shark-toothed lizard," was a colossal theropod dinosaur that roamed the Earth during the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 93 to 99 million years ago. This remarkable predator is considered one of the largest and most fearsome carnivorous dinosaurs to have ever existed. Carcharodontosaurus belonged to the family Carcharodontosauridae, a group of theropods known for their immense size and serrated teeth reminiscent of the teeth of modern-day sharks, hence its name.

 

One of the defining features of Carcharodontosaurus was its massive size, with adult individuals reaching lengths of up to 40 feet (12 meters) and weighing several tons. Its long and muscular legs, balanced by a massive tail, made it a formidable terrestrial predator. Its skull, which could measure up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) in length, housed rows of serrated teeth that were adapted for tearing into the flesh of its prey. This adaptation allowed Carcharodontosaurus to take down some of the largest herbivorous dinosaurs of its time, potentially rivaling even the famed Tyrannosaurus rex in size and hunting prowess.

 

Fossils of Carcharodontosaurus have been discovered in various parts of North Africa, particularly in Morocco and Algeria. The Kem Kem Formation in Morocco, in particular, has yielded several significant finds, including the African T-Rex Toe. While much of Carcharodontosaurus's biology and behavior remain speculative, its existence underscores the rich and diverse ecosystem of the Late Cretaceous period and the complex interactions between predators and their prey that shaped the evolutionary history of Earth. It continues to be a subject of fascination and study among paleontologists, contributing to our understanding of the incredible diversity of life that once inhabited our planet.

 

African T-Rex Toe

SKU: African T-Rex Toe
$425.00Price

    Related Products