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Sale NH1305 Lot 295

SUPERB MOSASAUR SKELETON
Halisaurus sp.
Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage
Khouribga phosphate deposits, Morocco

The Mosasauridae of the late Cretaceous were a widespread family of marine reptiles, considered to be the closest relatives of today's snakes. They varied in size from 10 to 60 feet long, with elongated, streamlined bodies and broad, powerful tails for swift movement in the shallow waters of the epicontinental seas across the globe. This is a first-class specimen from the abundant phosphate deposits of Morocco, a relatively small example, but displaying superlative preservation and bone texture, with a lovely sandy patina and a fine complement of the long, deadly teeth. Mounted on a discreet ebonized metal and perspex armature in a curving swimming pose, it measures approximately 59 inches long and stands 43 inches high.
Estimate $50,000-60,000

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