Pappocetus lugardi (Early whale)

SKU
M2108
In stock
$1,325.00
Overview

An Ultra Rare, Huge Pappocetus lugardi (Andrews, 1920) pre-molar tooth from Morocco. Note - this tooth (the last "pre-molar") demonstrates how massive Pappocetus teeth compared to the later primitive whales!  The root thickness doubles on one side and the crown gains depth as well.This material is a new find and represents one of the earliest transition forms of the whale. Pappocetus is a protocetid (see discussion below) and a large amphibious aquatic carnivore. Pappocetus is also an ancestor of the Basilosaurus. This material is complete and without repair. Crack fill only on some pieces. This is an opportunity to own an incredibly rare specimen from an early evolutionary stage of the modern whale. A fantastic collector's specimen. Authenticity guaranteed.

M2108          Size: 4-3/4"  (straight line)  (3" Width at base of crown & ~1-1/2" depth)

Mid. Eocene (Bartonian) age  (40 MYA)

Gueran, (25 km SE of Boujdour), Boujdour Basin

West Sahara, Morocco