This is a complete skull and associated skeleton of a newly published species of mosasaur called Halisaurus arambourgi. This species is the smallest identified mosasaur 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 ALL ORIGINAL AND ULTRA-RARE SKELETON AND COMPLETE SKULL OF THE SAME SINGLE 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 FOSSIL MARKET. NO RESTORATION 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.
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