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  1. I picked this up for a few quid in a Spanish market from a Moroccan dealer, who usually sells good stuff, but I'm fairly certain it's a fake, it was too cheap, the colour's not quite right and i would say some of it has been carved and painted. It has a couple of bits of real Cambrian trilobite on the back and seems to have a bit of a Flexicalymene or the like glued on top to provide authenticity. What do you guys think?
  2. Kem Kem Bone

    Found this interesting little bone in among some scrap Kem Kem bones. At first the shape struck me as suggesting a digit of some sort, just wondered whether any further ID might be possible? (Or maybe its not a digit at all?)
  3. Good afternoon to all! Is this Trilobite Crotalocephalus Gibbus really real? From which part of Morocco is it discovered? What would be the Period, Era, and Millions of years?
  4. Trilobite and Crinoid Purchase

    Hello Fossil Forum! First time post but been a reader for a while now. I just got back from my honeymoon in Morocco and of course along the way stopped in Erfoud to look at fossils. We went specifically to Macro Fossiles Kasbah where they had a huge selection of fossils and fossils-turned-into-home-goods (sinks, table-tops, etc.). There were huge sheets of fossils, a cutting and polishing area, etc. It seemed legit and I was walking around with the owner for an hour, Raffa, whose dad had owned the place since the 70s. He was very enthusiastic when I showed interest and had a (very rough compared to this forum) knowledge of what we were looking at. At any rate, I picked up two pieces that I would love your opinions on. Both from a specific-identification perspective and a quality / validity perspective. Obviously we have one trilobite and one crinoid. From my eyes I can tell the Crinoid is a composite of what seems to be a few pieces with a bit of filler in there. Not ideal but I love that it's one animal in focus for a smaller piece like this. The stone you see is 14" tall. The spiny trilobite he kept in his office and only showed me after a longer conversation. I believe it to be real and a fairly good example considering its age. The stone you see is 10" tall. Would love opinions on specific species and thoughts on the prep quality. Plan on mounting these vertically in custom frames for a larger specimen wall and hope I made a couple wise purchases! Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
  5. Otodus obliquus

  6. This specimen caught my eye and I was wondering if the two trilobite were put together artificially? My second question is about the black color on these trilobites. I am not sure if they have shoe polish coating over them or the black color occurred naturally? I am still waiting for the seller to send me better close up pictures on the eye of Paralejurus, although it has nothing to do with the topic I will update the pictures when I get them. Of course any additional assessments on the fossil are greatly appreciated.
  7. Weird Kem Kem Vertebra

    I bought this vertebra a while back from our favourite auction site. Initially I bought it just because it looked like a nice vertebra, and I didn't think much of it. But when I had the real fossil in my hands I noticed that it's quite bizarre. I've never seen anything like it. So far everyone I've asked was stumped as well (though some suggested it might be croc). So I was wondering if someone here maybe had an idea. @Troodon maybe? It's a fairly nice centrum of a caudal vertebra, as the bottom does show some worn articulation surfaces for a chevron. And even though the neural arch is mostly missing, there doesn't seem to be an attachment for a lateral process. So I'm guessing it's pretty far down the tail of the animal. Though not as far down the tail since there is a chevron attachment. Now, there are mainly two weird aspects this vertebra has. For a caudal vertebra, the neural canal is really wide. The neural canal is also excavated a little into the centrum so that both the front and back of the centrum that gives it sort of "ears" on the top of the articulation surface. Then there is a kind of pinched area on the sides of the centrum. Looking at the sides of the centrum, the bottom middle is a lot wider than in the area dead centre. Here there the centrum is laterally pinched, making this area as thin as the neural canal is wide. So the centrum is maybe a centimeter thick in this area. Then immediately above it where a subtle shadow can be seen just below where the neural arch starts there is a wide horizontal bulge, making it the widest part of the vertebra right above the thinnest part. Any ideas?
  8. I got this jaw in the post today. It's 26 inches long, and seems to be the upper left jaw of a large-ish mosasaur, perhaps Prognathodon? The teeth don't provide much of a clue, since the crowns are, sorry to say, all added in afterwards. I knew this when I bought it, and I paid what I consider to be a fair price for a jaw of this size with botched-up teeth. My aim is ultimately to extract it, and mount it. At that point, I can sort the teeth out to a better standard, and replace the worst examples. I'm interested in any thoughts about the jaw in general - whether you see any obvious signs of tampering or anything unusual. I really wish people wouldn't interfere with these fossils to begin with! Thanks.
  9. Fossil cones from Morocco

    Dear members, I've not posted in the ID section from a long time, but I'm wondering if anyone can give me a more precise ID on these forgotten in time cones from Morocco I had in my collection. As far as I know, they are not well documented. Any suggestion is welcomed.
  10. Up for sale on everyone's favorite auction website is the following while it doesn't look fake I am very cautious about buying anything from the site when it comes to fossil remains. I'm guessing the usual suspects troodon and lordtrilobite can help me
  11. Spinosaur Skull Bone!

    So I bought this piece on the internet... It was advertised as a croc limb from Kem Kem. Except it wasn't a croc limb. Upon closer inspection of the images, I figured this was a theropod quadrate bone instead of a croc limb. So now that it has arrived and I could get a proper look. I've come to the conclusion that I bought a part of a huge Spinosaurid skull. It doesn't look anything like the quadrates of Abelisaurs and Allosauroids, while it does show close similarities with those of Spinosaurids. It's a right-hand quadrate bone that is almost complete with an articulated quadratojugal fragment attached to the side. It's huge and must have come from a skull of well over a metre long. Articulated fossils from Kem Kem are really rare. And better yet, since I bought this as a croc limb, it was only like 60 euros. So needles to say, I'm quite happy with my accuisition. This will be a fun one to clean.
  12. Concavotectum morocensis Cavin & Forey, 2008

    Braincase of a bony fish.
  13. New hunt. ID please !

    Hi guys this is the rest of my ammonites
  14. Crocodile? Caudal Vertebra

    Strange caudal vertebra of a reptile. The neural canal is quite wide and the centrum is laterally pinched in the middle.
  15. A New Pterosaur from the Kem Kem

    Looks like the Kem Kem is giving up a few new secrets. Xericeps curvirostris is the latest newly described Pterosaur from the region. Unfortunately it's a paywalled paper. The papers illustrations can be see in a thumbnail by hitting the 3 green lines on the upper left of the link http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195667117304044 Author :David M Martill, David M Unwin, Nizar Ibrahim, Nick Longrich Publication date 2017/9/14 Journal Cretaceous Research Publisher Academic Press Description Abstract A new genus and species, Xericeps curvirostris gen. et sp. nov., is erected for a highly distinctive pterosaur mandible from the mid-Cretaceous (? Albian to lower Cenomanian) Kem Kem beds of south east Morocco. The new taxon is referred to Azhdarchoidea based on the absence of teeth, slenderness of its mandible with sulcate occlusal surface, presence on the posterior section of the mandibular symphysis of short paired ridges bounding a central groove, and the presence of elongate foramina on its ... Scholar articles A new edentulous pterosaur from the Cretaceous Kem Kem beds of south eastern Morocco DM Martill, DM Unwin, N Ibrahim, N Longrich - Cretaceous Research, 2017 @LordTrilobite @Seguidora-de-Isis
  16. Elosuchus Postorbital

    Left postorbital of a large crocodile. There are also small fragments of the frontal and squamosal attached to it.
  17. I am collecting heteromorph ammonite and one vendor is offering this ammonite to me. He does not have the id. For me its appearance (i.e. color and shininess) is quite different from what I have collected.
  18. HI guys, I know Morocco fossils are a general no no for entry level folks like me. However this particular piece caught my eye and I quite like how it looks. It has 2 Phacops and 1 Paralejurus on the same matrix Would be great if I can get some more insight from the experts on this forum. Thank you.
  19. A package arrived from Spain. Its ill-used appearance caused initial concern, but all was well inside. Within the box - two fossil specimens IDed as: Halisaurus; Upper Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage; Ouled Abdoun Basin (Phosphate beds); Oued Zem, Morocco. Forum member jnoun11 graciously reviewed photos and provided additional refinement of the ID and the life position of the sections. Halisaurus arambourgi The two jaw sections. upon arrival Right dentary, lingual aspect, 4.56 inches Left maxillary, 5.23 inches
  20. What kind of shell is this?

    Pretty sure that it is from Morocco. Thats about all I know about it, so any information about it would be much appreciated.
  21. Trilobite Species?

    Based on my very basic and uneducated research, I think this is a Paralejurus. Can someone confirm this? It is from Morocco
  22. I have some doubts about this lot of Moroccan of teeth fossils. All opinions are welcome, and I thank you! Fossil Nº. 01 - Peyeria lybica fossil teeth (kem kem) It's real? I do not know if it has already been described scientifically ... How should I label this in my collection? ============================================================ Fossil Nº. 02 - Ceratodus fossil teeth (kem kem) It's real? I do not know if it has already been described scientifically ... How should I label this in my collection? ============================================================ Fossil Nº. 03 - Pterosaur Coloborhynchus fossil teeth (kem kem) It's real?
  23. The below articles mentions Spinosaurus fossils sold on the Internet. Morocco Investigates Dinosaur Fossil Trafficking After Irish Collector Brags about Bone By Morocco World News, September 7, 2017 https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2017/09/228034/morocco-investigates-dinosaur-fossil-trafficking-irish-collector-brags-bone/ Morocco opens an investigation into the selling of dinosaur fossils on the Internet, Al Arabiya English September 6, 2017 http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2017/09/06/Morocco-opens-an-investigation-into-the-selling-of-dinosaur-fossils-on-the-Internet.html Retrouvé au Maroc, un fossile vieux de 100 millions d'années a été vendu aux Etats-Unis. Fatimazahraa Rabbaj , 2M.ma, September 5, 2017 http://www.2m.ma/fr/news/enquete-sur-la-vente-fia-facebook-dun-fossile-marocain-20170905/ Yours, Paul H.
  24. Hello all- I recently acquired another "fossil" from a guy that lives in Texas who supposedly bought this piece from a reputable dealer who claimed to have done all the work on it. This is my first time collecting trilobites, and I know that so many fakes come out of Morocco. I have read the sites about how to identify the fakes, and this piece has a couple of "red flags" but if it is a fake it's very well done, and even worth what I paid simply for being a piece of "art." I can see the shiny glued areas on the phacops, and some strange coloration changes. Like I said in posts before, I am a novice, especially with trilobites, and just doing research I thought it was odd these two varieties are on the same matrix and the smaller Gerastos is darker than the Phacops. The matrix is lighter than it probably should be, but I cannot see any bubble marks on it or the specimens which would indicate resin. I've also done the "tooth test" as well as examined the piece under UV light and both seem to indicate it is not a cast. Then again, people are getting much more clever these days with the fakes. The seller said I could have it checked out and return it if I wish within 30 days. Even if it is a fake piece, or that they are real, and the Gerastos was just added to the matrix, I"ll probably keep it. Please let me know what you think. Thanks! Here is more info. Phacops and a Gerastos on the same piece of matrix. Great preservation and preparation. Facets all visible on the Phacops and the Gerastos' head is near perfect. A few chips on the Phacops but nothing major or distracting. The Gerastos has some chips on the center lobe as shown in photos. Phacops is about 5 cm (2 inches) long. Devonian from the Mt. Issoumour area in Morocco. Piece is nicely prepped and needs no stand to display.
  25. I'm sure there's a very simple answer to this, but I'm honestly astonished by the range and quality of fossils that come out of Morocco. I was browsing around this morning for fun looking at some of the general fossils for sale online, it seems like half of them come from there! Large therapods such as Spinosaurus, or crazy trilobites like Dicranurus. What is up with the crazy fossil diversity in that country?
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