EXTRAORDINARILY RARE AND LARGE
INTACT CRETACEOUS PTERODACTYL CLAW FROM POSSIBLY A NEW UNDESCRIBED
Beds - Morocco
EARLY CRETACEOUS PERIOD:
113 - 100 million years ago
fossils were only recently attributed to a species in 1999 from the Cretaceous
deposits of the southern border of Morocco. To date, the only
pterosaur species named from Morocco is
With an estimated wingspan of nearly 20 feet, this anhanguerid
amongst the largest pterosaurs known. There have been comparisons
of this creature to other anhanguerid species known from the Early
Cretaceous of Brazil. Only jaw fragments and teeth have been
discovered from Morocco and much has yet to be learned about this
fascinating and giant flying reptile from prehistory.
Collected over a decade
ago, to this day, we have yet to see another specimen like this.
It is a huge and unusually long, gracile claw from an enormous
pterosaur, most likely
It is possible that it comes
from a new, large species not yet scientifically described.
With only limited scientific
work published regarding North African pterosaurs, it is hard to say
with certainty if this is a hand or foot claw but it is most likely a
primary hand claw based on its unusual elongated profile.
Pterosaur teeth exceeding 3 inches in length have been documented from
the same site and deposit as where this claw was
found so it is probable it would have come from a pterosaur with a
wing-span approaching a small aircraft. A claw of this size would
have been fitting for such a enormous pterodactyl.
The state of preservation on this
specimen is impeccable. It is UNBROKEN and
100% AUTHENTIC AS FOUND.
There are still some
areas encrusted with silicified sand on the surface. Due to its
fragile and INTACT nature, we opted to refrain from a total cleaning of
this mineralization. The photos above show close-up anatomy and
features. Highly recommended for the advanced collection and
worthy of further study.
This rare claw is
GUARANTEE 100% ORIGINAL WITH NO
REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION OR FABRICATION.
Pterosaur was a flying reptile (commonly referred to as Pterodactyl
"wing finger") of the order Pterosauria. They existed from
the late Triassic to the Cretaceous Periods (228 - 65 million years ago)
with the earlier Triassic species having long, fully toothed jaws and long
tails. The later forms had a stump for a tail, no teeth and a jaw
more like a beak than the elongated jaw of the earlier species.
least 60 genera of pterosaurs have been found with sizes ranging from a
sparrow to monsters with wingspans in excess of 40 feet! The wings
were thin membranes of skin, similar to the wings of bats, and extended
along the sides of the body.
were attached to the extraordinarily long fourth finger of each arm.
The bones were hollow and had openings at each end. Unlike typical reptiles,
pterosaurs had a breastbone that was developed for the attachment of
flight muscles and a brain that was more developed than comparable
dinosaurs of similar sizes.
is no fossil evidence of feathers. Most researchers now believe that
pterosaurs were adapted for active flight, not just gliding as was earlier
IN ALL OUR YEARS OF WORKING
WITH THIS MATERIAL, WE HAVE NEVER SEEN A CLAW THIS LARGE AND OF THIS
TYPE. THE PTEROSAUR THIS CLAW WOULD HAVE COME FROM WOULD HAVE BEEN
ENORMOUS AND IS SUPPORTED BY THE PRESENCE OF TEETH THAT HAVE MEASURED
OVER 3 INCHES FROM THE SAME DEPOSIT / SITE. LARGE SPECIMEN
VIRTUALLY COMPLETE AND UNBROKEN
2" long along the curve x
Actual Item - One Only
Comes with a certificate of authenticity / information sheet