Ptychodus mortoni

 

Ptychodus mortoni

Ptychodus mortoni
Description:

The shell-crushing shark, Ptychodus mortoni, patrolled the bottom of the Western Interior Seaway for mollusks.

Armed with pavements or batteries of robust, blunt teeth, this strange shark was uniquely capable of preying on the abundant inoceramid bivalves. This specimen is preserved with around 200 teeth.

Ptychodus mortoni
Ptychodus mortoni dental pavement with roughly 200 preserved teeth, as prepared in jacket.

Locality: Niobrara Chalk of Western Kansas, 80 million years old

Size: 70 cm (28 inches)

Availability: Immediate

Price: $ 12,000.00

Comments: It’s preservation is exquisite and includes rarely preserved jaw cartilage, denticles and vertebrae.