After 32 years of working with fossils, this is THE FIRST time we have ever seen an identifiable large dromaeosaur pubis bone fossil from North Africa. Words just cannot describe how scarce such a find is. This is the unmistakable "club" end of the pubis bone of a dromaeosaur not yet identified from the Kem Kem deposits, that would have been the size of Deinonychus and the "raptor" dinosaurs featured so prominently in the Jurassic Park films. Dromaeosaur post-cranial remains from Africa are extremely scarce and this bone may help attribute a comparable species known from other regions, to this region.
The bone is very well-mineralized and retains all its anatomical detail. Dromaeosaur bones are so fragile and rare survive the fossil record, especially in a large identifiable form as this. The most commonly seen dromaeosaur bones are "toe" bones due to their compactness and durability to survive the ages. This specimen is a once-in-a-lifetime find.
Color is a natural light yellow with underlying white and gold hues, with silicified sand on some surfaces that remained after our lab cleaning to give it site provenance. Despite years and years of overseas travel to the fossil deposits of the Kem Kem Beds in the Sahara, this is the first time we have ever even seen a bone like this from a dromaeosaur. SINGLE REPAIR BUT NO FABRICATION OR RESTORATION.