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january 2014
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january 2014

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Location description

In the Dakla region in Western Sahara fossils are found in sediments from the Priabonian, Eocene, part of the Paleogene period. There are various kinds of fossils which are sometimes commercially available. Shark teeth have a brown color.

Elsewhere in the region Miocene fossils are found. In Pliocene deposits in the region, sea urchins occur.

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Dakhla is located on a peninsula on the Atlantic coast in the west of the Western Sahara. An exact location is not known, but on the coast are many coastal outcrops are present.

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Various types of shark teeth (eg. Macrorhizodus, Carcharocles, Carcharias, Cosmopolitodus, auriculatus, Galeocerdo, Lamna, Xiphodolamia), sea urchins (Heliophora) from the Pliocene. Whale Teeth (Basilosaurus) have also been found but very rare.

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