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FINE AQUATIC REPTILE SKULL: MOSASAUR

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FINE AQUATIC REPTILE SKULL: MOSASAUR
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FINE AQUATIC REPTILE SKULL: MOSASAUR
Halisaurus sp.
Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage
Khouribga phosphate deposits, Morocco
The Mosasauridae of the late Cretaceous were a widespread family of marine reptiles, considered to be the closest relatives of today’s snakes. They varied in size from 10 to 60 feet long, with elongated, streamlined bodies and broad, powerful tails for swift movement in the shallow waters of the epicontinental seas across the globe. This specimen comes from the abundant phosphate deposits of Morocco, and represents the superbly preserved skull and jaw of one of these fearsome predators. The remarkably slender bones display excellent texture and sandy white patination, with a good number of the vicious-looking, recurvate teeth. The double-hinged jaw allowed the animal to gulp down its prey whole, and of further interest is the well-defined blow-hole in the top of the cranium – despite their aquatic habitat, the mosasaur was in fact an air-breather. A first-class specimen, it measures 15 1/4 inches long, presented on an ebonized metal display stand.
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FINE AQUATIC REPTILE SKULL: MOSASAUR

Estimate $8,000 - $12,000
May 04, 2013
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Starting Price $4,000
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0293: FINE AQUATIC REPTILE SKULL: MOSASAUR

Sold for $6,000
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Est. $8,000 - $12,000Starting Price $4,000
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May 04, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
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FINE AQUATIC REPTILE SKULL: MOSASAUR
Halisaurus sp.
Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage
Khouribga phosphate deposits, Morocco
The Mosasauridae of the late Cretaceous were a widespread family of marine reptiles, considered to be the closest relatives of today’s snakes. They varied in size from 10 to 60 feet long, with elongated, streamlined bodies and broad, powerful tails for swift movement in the shallow waters of the epicontinental seas across the globe. This specimen comes from the abundant phosphate deposits of Morocco, and represents the superbly preserved skull and jaw of one of these fearsome predators. The remarkably slender bones display excellent texture and sandy white patination, with a good number of the vicious-looking, recurvate teeth. The double-hinged jaw allowed the animal to gulp down its prey whole, and of further interest is the well-defined blow-hole in the top of the cranium – despite their aquatic habitat, the mosasaur was in fact an air-breather. A first-class specimen, it measures 15 1/4 inches long, presented on an ebonized metal display stand.

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