HALISAURUS MOSASAUR SKELETON WITH COMPLETE SKULL IN MATRIX
PERIOD: 73 - 65 million years ago
An extraordinary offering
indeed, this is the first specimen of this kind we know made available
for public sale. This is a complete skull and associated skeleton
of a newly published species of mosasaur called
This species is the smallest
species from the
Oulad Abdoun Basin of Morocco and one of of six species known in
the Maastrichtian phosphates of the Ganntour Basin (Morocco). The
species was just published in March of 2005 and it is known from limited
cranial and post-cranial remains. Fossils of this creature are
rare and usually are limited to small isolated finds of teeth only.
Because of the delicate
nature of this creature's skeleton, remains found have been poorly
preserved and often are found fragmented and scattered in the formation.
To discover an associated skeleton like this specimen, WITH ITS
ORIGINAL SKULL is extremely rare and an unforgettable find!
Furthermore, the skull is complete with just the dorsal portion exposed
in the heavy block of original matrix. Both sides to the maxilla
and mandible are present in both the main matrix block with the skull as
well as the three additional smaller pieces shown in the photos.
The cervical vertebrae are still lined up leading into the skull in
matrix. Majority of the vertebral column is present with
associated scapulae and remainder of cervical vertebrae. There may
be additional limb bones buried in the matrix as the blocks are a half a
foot thick in some regions. There are 3 main matrix blocks with 3
smaller associated matrix blocks for a total of 6 matrix pieces where
the head and body are embedded.
THIS IS AN
SKELETON AND COMPLETE SKULL OF THE
MOSASAUR. IT IS A SUPER RARE SPECIES THAT WAS JUST PUBLISHED IN
2005! IT IS NOT A COMPOSITE OF MULTIPLE ANIMALS OF THE
SAME SPECIES AS MANY SKULLS AND SKELETONS ARE OFFERED ON THE PUBLIC
NO RESTORATION OR REPAIR HAS BEEN DONE TO ANY PART OF THIS FOSSIL.
IT IS STILL IN ITS ORIGINAL
MATRIX AS FOUND. THIS SPECIMEN IS EXTREMELY VALUABLE FROM A
SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE AS
IT HAS NOT BEEN EXTRACTED BY
AMATEURS AND ASSEMBLED INTO A HODGE-PODGE "FRANKENSTEIN" DISPLAY PIECE
AS OTHER SPECIMENS HAVE THAT HAVE SHOWN UP ON THE MARKET.
THIS SPECIMEN IS ACTUALLY MUCH MORE VALUABLE AS IT IS IN MATRIX
WITH NOTHING DONE TO IT RATHER THAN TO BE MOUNTED AND RESTORED
IN AN INCORRECT MANNER WHICH DESTROYS THE VALUE OF THE SPECIMEN.
PERFECT FOR A MUSEUM OR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION PROFESSIONAL TO EXTRACT
AND MOUNT PROPERLY OR LEAVE POSITIONED AS IT DIED AND WAS BURIED
MILLIONS OF YEARS AGO.
in the second half of the 1700's, geologists made a remarkable discovery
near the southernmost city of the Netherlands. A
huge skull was unearthed belonging to a gigantic reptile which had lived
65 million years ago in the waters around what is now Maastricht. The
creature was later named the mosasaur, meaning ‘lizard of the Meuse or
were the largest lizards that ever evolved and attained lengths of
almost 60 feet with a skull 6 foot long! The mosasaur was a
powerful swimmer who spent its entire life in the sea. Mosasaurs had
long and powerful bodies whose tails and limbs were adapted for
swimming. They probably swam by moving their long body in a
snake-like way, also using their finned tail to propel them forwards.
They steered with small, webbed feet.
had long heads, strong and flexible necks and hydrofoil-like limbs.
Their large jaws had stabbing teeth and had a hinge in the mid-lower jaw
similar to modern day constrictor snakes.
This enabled them to swallow huge prey.
What is even more amazing about these creatures is that they had curved
teeth on the ROOF of their mouth just before their throat! Any prey
still attempting to escape their massive jaws would be firmly held by
these teeth just prior to being swallowed whole. The teeth in
the jaws of the mosasaur were deeply lodged into the jaw-bone.
This tells us that there was huge power in the bite to necessitate
such well-anchored teeth. It’s believed that the bite force of the
mosasaur was AT LEAST equal to that of a Tyrannosaurus rex!
Mosasaurs ate large fish,
shellfish, sharks and some ate mollusks. They
lived during the same period T. rex roamed the earth.
easily be considered the T. rex of the prehistoric seas!
Such creatures were true hunter-killers that had no rival during their
RECENTLY DISCOVERED SPECIES AND
WE KNOW OF THAT A COMPLETE SKULL WITH ITS ASSOCIATED SKELETON
HAS BEEN OFFERED -
DISPLAY AS IS OR REMOVE AND MOUNT!
length overall, skull in main matrix block is 22" x 16" overall
Item - One Only