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Re: small Moroccan teeth
At 03:21 PM 3/21/99 +0100, Thomas Hammann wrote:
>I've got just another question about Moroccan teeth.
>I've seen very small teeth (only 1.2 cm!) of a Moroccan theropod on a German
>fossil show. The seller told me that these teeth could belong to
>But I don't think so because _Elaphrosaurus spec._ is not found in Morocco at
>all. For me the teeth look exactly like (very small) teeth of
>Does someone has an idea to which species they could belong?
You are quite probably correct.
As I've pointed out before, we don't know what _Elaphrosaurus_ teeth look
like (since we don't have an _Elaphrosaurus_ head...). Futhermore, true
_Elaphrosaurus_ is an Upper Jurassic East African genus, and is not known
from mid-Cretaceous North Africa. Some people have referred small-to-mid
sized theropod bones from mid-Cretaceous North Africa to _Elaphrosaurus_,
but not on the basis of diagnostic features.
Hope this helps.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
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University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
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