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My Mosasaur Teeth Collection (Id Help Confirmation Would Be Greatly Appreciated Too!)


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I am aiming to collect various genus of mosasaur to add to my collection and have been gathering several small specimens from various places that look to be from different genus and have tried to ID them with my limited knowledge (I am sure I probably got a lot of these wrongs, so anyone who could confirm the ID of these teeth would be greatly appreciated!) anyhow here are my collection so far, they are all from Morocco, presumably all from Khouribga :

Picture 1: Looks to be Proganathodon (or mostly anyway...)

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Picture 2: Looks to be Proganathodon also (I think...)

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Picture 3: Platecarpus (the striations seem to confirm this, but I can't be 100% sure)

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Picture 4: Beaugei (I am assuming from the conical curvy contour that I have seen online that have been ID'd as such)

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Picture 5: Possibly a Beaugei? (have seen some teeth ID's as Beaugei that seems to show the bladed with ridged shaped also, so I am taking a shot in the dark here also...)

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Picture 6: Anceps (again, based from online search of pictures and tried to compare with what I have..)

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Picture 7: Pathological Mosasaur Tooth? - never seen one before, so I am sure if such things exist, but this one looks a little strange in terms of its shape, can't be sure if its a bad fix or bad attempt at compositing but the specimen is so small and of little value so I could see no reason to even try to composite it.

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These ones are my larger teeth 2 of them with roots, presumably all are Prognathodon:

Specimen u:

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Specimen V:

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Specimen W:

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Specimen X

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Anyway, hope u enjoy watching and hopefully any one with more expertise than me would be able to help confirm the IDs of these teeth. I would be very happy even if I get just half of them right - Mosasaur teeth especially the small ones are just so hard to ID and notice their key defining features, with so little visual encyclopedic materials going on around online.

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Paleoworld-101

That's a very nice collection of Mosasaur teeth you've got there! As for location, yes they would come from the Khouribga phosphate deposits which are dated to 70-65 million years old.

I could try and ID each one but i don't think i'd be anymore certain than you are with the ID's youve already tentatively given. Mosasaur teeth arent my forte so it will be interesting to hear what others have to say.

I believe a recent topic called "Moroccan Mosasaurs" was pinned in the general discussion section of this forum, maybe you could PM the author and see if he could help you?

You probably already know this as well but watch out for those composite Mosasaur 'jaws' that seem to flood the market, they are set in the matrix and the jawbone is fake. Also be aware that some of those rooted Mosasaur teeth are subject to heavy amounts of R and R.

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Oops looks like I missed one pic:

Picture 8: These ones I have no clue what genus they are... The teeth look kinda twisty and bent, but other wise I haven't come across these before...

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That's a very nice collection of Mosasaur teeth you've got there! As for location, yes they would come from the Khouribga phosphate deposits which are dated to 70-65 million years old.

I could try and ID each one but i don't think i'd be anymore certain than you are with the ID's youve already tentatively given. Mosasaur teeth arent my forte so it will be interesting to hear what others have to say.

I believe a recent topic called "Moroccan Mosasaurs" was pinned in the general discussion section of this forum, maybe you could PM the author and see if he could help you?

You probably already know this as well but watch out for those composite Mosasaur 'jaws' that seem to flood the market, they are set in the matrix and the jawbone is fake. Also be aware that some of those rooted Mosasaur teeth are subject to heavy amounts of R and R.

Thx PaleoWorld-101, I browsed through some mosasaur papers and online articles, but couldn't really find anything in great details about the teeth morphology or how to identify genus based on teeth. I might try sending some pics of the teeth to some experts for ID so thx for the idea. :)

I am quite aware of the rooted teeth and composites in the market and I certainly wouldn't spend a fortune on these teeth unless I can be sure for certain, but thx for the concern anyway. :)

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