Fine Deltadromaeus agilis Dinosaur Claw

Deltadromaeus agilis

Dinosauria clade Theropoda, Family Carcharodontosauridae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Albian Stage

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Dinosaur claw is 55 mm outside curve length, 15 mm base width

Fossil Site: Kem-Kem Basin, South of Taouz, Morocco

Code: MF77

Price: Sold

Description: This is a fine example of a manual ungual (forefoot claw) from the dinosaur Deltadromaeus agilis coming from the Middle Cretaceous Albian Stage deposits of the Kem-Kem Basin, Morocco. Claws are far less commonly found than teeth; indeed, while I have seen literally hundreds of teeth of this dinosaur offered, only a small handful of claws are available. In life, the claw would have been covered in a horny sheath which would have made it at least a third larger. This dinosaur was discovered in this same region by Gabrielle Lyon, wife of University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno in 1995. While the popularity of Jurassic Park leads some to use the term “raptor” for this taxon, the term has no taxonomic value. It comes in a glass fronted display box.

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