Carinodens fraasi, C. belgicus, C. minalmamar
Art by: Wouter Verhesen, oceansofkansas.com
Name: Carinodens fraasi, C. belgicus, C. minalmamar
Name Meaning: Keel teeth
First Described: 1969
Described By: J. T. Thurmond
Classification: Chordata, Tetrapoda, Reptilia, Squamata, Mosasauridae, Mosasaurinae, Globidensini
Carinodens existed during the Late Cretaceous and was discovered in the Netherlands, Belgium, Morocco, Russia, and Ukraine.Carinodens at first was named Compressidens, but that name was very short lived because a species of mollusk already claimed that name, so the genus Carinodens was born! Carinodens is closely related to Globidens, and they are a sister taxon to each other. Both Carinodens and Globidens (globe teeth) had round shaped teeth for crushing molluscs, ammonites, and other hard shelled invertebrate prey. This style of teeth, represents teeth from the crush guild, which are teeth that are specialized in particularly eating hard shelled prey.
What a nice fellow.
Bet he tastes yummy. Might make a good pet.