Fossil shark teeth are common but are usually represented by shed examples and are seldom in associated or articulated groups. Complete dentition reconstruction from isolated teeth cannot be certain, even when large quantities are available from a single location and horizon. The Smoky Hill Chalk (Late Cretaceous) of western Kansas, U.S.A. has yielded a number of associated, and sometimes articulated, tooth sets of Cretoxyrhina mantelli Agassiz. Teeth from articulated sets are rarely removed from matrix which limits the understanding of positional characteristics to a single perspective. In this paper, we analyze and described an associated set of disarticulated Cretoxyrhina teeth. These teeth were arranged and compared with other disarticulated associated sets, then compared with a known articulated tooth set; resulting in a multi-perspective Cretoxyrhina tooth set. This reconstruction provides characteristics that permit upper and lower lateroposterior teeth to be differentiated and raise questions regarding the number of anterior tooth positions present.
You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Neither BioOne nor the owners and publishers of the content make, and they explicitly disclaim, any express or implied representations or warranties of any kind, including, without limitation, representations and warranties as to the functionality of the translation feature or the accuracy or completeness of the translations.
Translations are not retained in our system. Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the BioOne website.