Mosasaur Paddle-Morocco #1
This piece consists of a partial mosasaur paddle from the Cretaceous phosphate deposits of Morocco. I purchased this piece field prepped and removed the piece from the jacket and performed the final preparation myself. The bones are in the original matrix with no restoration. The matrix is highly porous and friable so has been saturated with a stabilizer which makes it shiny, but very solid. Bone from the phosphate beds is very fragile and stabilizer is necessary. A natural fracture is present running through the piece and has some mineral staining causing the discoloration. The piece measures 23" long and 11.5" at the widest point. Maximum thickness is about 2.5" to 3". I do not know the species. I have made an iron display stand which is included. I was told this paddle was collected with the other two I have listed on the web page (Mosasaur Paddle #2), but I can not verify that. The stand is made from refurbished 1920's railing. Email with any questions.