Three segments (phalanges) of a Carcharodontosaurus claw. The preservation and detailed cleaning of the specimen is exceptional. The enamel ranges from gray-beige to reddish brown in portions, and we see no signs of visible restoration or repair. The bloodline is well defined and deeply ridged along both sides of the outermost segment of the claw. We have arranged these pieces together in a riker mount for easy display, although they can easily be displayed as three separate fossils.
Measurements: Together ~7-1/4" long x 1-3/4" wide, Segments are ~4-1/2" long, 2" long, and 1-1/4" long
Time Period: ~90 MYO Cretaceous
Carcharodontosaurus was one of the largest theropod dinosaurs to ever roam the earth, with its average size being larger than that of Tyrannosaurus-rex. Carcharodontosaurus (named after the shark, genus Carcharodon) was a carnivorous dinosaur that was most likely a pack hunter, similar to their distant relative Allosaurus. Carcharodontosaurus was indeed enormous, weighting 6 to 15 tons and measuring up to 45 feet in length. The large serrated teeth of this beast could grow up to 8 inches in length. The original fossil of Carcharodontosaurus was destroyed during the second world war due to allied bombing missions. However, in 1995, a skull was discovered in Morocco, Africa.