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SHARK FOSSIL TOOTH: OTODUS OBLIQUUS
Species: O. obliquus
The Otodus obliquus shark lived between the late Paleocene and the Eocene, between 40 and 60 million years ago. Like all sharks, its skeleton was made of cartilage and this is the reason why only teeth and some fossilized vertebrae have arrived in our days. The Otodus obliquus was a large predator whose size reached about 9-10 m in length and 15 tons in weight. Fossils (teeth and vertebrae) have been found from excavations in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America, a situation that suggests that this shark was widespread in the oceans of 60 million years ago. Given its size and characteristics, it is hypothesized that the Otodus obliquus feed on marine mammals, large bony fishes and other sharks. Currently almost all of the teeth of this huge shark come from the phosphate mines of Morocco. The teeth of the Otodus obliquus have a triangular shape, are wide (up to 8-10 cm) with smooth and sharp edges and there are one or more lateral cusps.
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