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  1. Kem Kem Dinosaur Rib?

    Hi there, I bought this nice dinosaur bone from the Kem Kem basin in Morocco. Just wondering if a rough ID is possible? The seller said it looked like a rib bone but wasn't sure. Is it a theropod or crocodylomorph? It's had some repairs done to it; few gaps filled here and there. All suggestions are much appreciated. Thank you!
  2. Kem Kem IDs

    I've been going through some Kem Kem material and trying to identify some of it, which I know is difficult even for someone that knows what they're doing. I don't, at all, but I am reasonably confident on a few bits - I wondered if anyone would be kind enough to give their opinions on my tentative IDs? 1. First of all, and definitely very tentatively, I was hoping that this was pterosaur. Wishful thinking? It's hollow and splits off in two directions at the end. 2. Secondly, this tooth - I'm daring to dream that it might be... sauropod? It only has a tiny bit of enamel left on it, but I'm going by the heavily blunted shape. Knowing me, it's probably a very poor Spinosaurus. 3 - Fish jaw #1 - I'm not at all sure about this, but it has a row of little 'post holes' that I assumed might be for teeth. But I have no idea. Has all sorts of suggestive shapes and ridges. 4. Fish Jaw #2 - this must be a fish jaw, but can anyone suggest what type of fish? 5 - Mystery tooth - at first I thought this was a scrap of bone, but upon closer examination it is clearly a tooth. The shape seems odd to me, it's very triangular, but I have very little experience with teeth to be fair. One end is very, very slightly (a couple of mm) smaller than the other, but there is no visible curvature on any edge. It needs prepping since it's still covered in matrix on every side, but I was wondering if the triangular shape was suggestive of anything. You can just make out the row of serrations on the photo below, along the top, so it must be theropod. 6. A small limb bone from a theropod maybe? The bone is hollow and oval. Needs more prep really, when my workshop is back in action. 7. Crocodile scute. I know that this is some kind of armour, but where were these plates positioned? Down the back? And were they just below the skin? Took a lot of prep to get it this far! Sorry, I didn't set out to post so many bits. Any conformation/refutation/information appreciated. Paul
  3. Rooted Spinosaurid tooth

    The newest addition to our dinosaur fossil collection from the Kem Kem Beds in Morocco, a rooted Spinosaurid tooth. It is 6 inches in length, and really shows the strength and size of this animal. There is some cool feed wear on the tip as well. This one is for my 7 year old son, and will be in his Easter basket on Sunday morning. Spinosaurus is is favorite dinosaur, and he's going to go bananas! Can't wait to see the look on his face! .
  4. Hi everybody, I moved my attention to this item, the price is around 550 USD. I would like your advice if the tooth is real and if the price is too high. Thank you all Greetings
  5. Misidentified as Carcharocles auriculatus ?

    Hi Guys, Wanted to ping the brain trust. This tooth was listed as a Carcharocles auriculatus from Morocco ...... the serrations look more like a Paleocarcharodon orientalis from Morocco to me. Though I'm not familiar with the morphology or variation in these teeth so I was curious what others thought. It's a bit small so there's that as well. Thanks, Brett
  6. Kem Kem bone fragments

    A couple of days ago I bought a couple of dozen pieces of random Kem Kem material (I suppose you'd call it the junk that couldn't be sold individually). I know that Kem Kem is a bit mysterious, and that it can be difficult or impossible to identify random bits of bone even to the type of bone, let alone the specific animal. But what that said, that's exactly what I'm hoping someone can do I could identify quite a lot of the pieces, such as sawfish teeth, a piece of shark fin spine, and some fish verts. But most of it is just a mystery. Can anyone help with these bits? This first bone is hollow. Does this mean anything, in this context? The second has a characteristic shape, and I was wondering if that meant it could be narrowed down to the type of bone? The third is just a very robust bone. I don't know if anything can be gleamed from it. Finally, this looks like some sort of scale. Fish? Thanks very much in advance.
  7. New Calymene Trilobite

    Trilobite from the Tiskaouine Alnif area , Atlas Mountains, Morocco. (purchased from trusted dealer)
  8. Hello Does these trilobites looks real? It's a ceratarges and a Phacops from Merakib, Morocco. The seller said there are 27 hours of work in this piece. What are your opinions? Thanks for looking
  9. We took a trip to Morocco last month and wanted to grab some fossils to bring back for ourselves and for gifts. We basically had no clue what we were doing and on top of that ran out of time in Southeast Morocco to hit up some stores, and were only able to stop at one random store somewhere outside of Alnif. Mainly just curious if anything is fake. I don't think we really got the greatest specimens. They had some nicer looking ones, but we really didn't feel like spending much money. Any thoughts would be great. Also have a trip report that I put online if anyone was interested, mainly just pics of our travels around Morocco lcmorocco.wordpress.com
  10. Trilobite species

    Hi all, I have a question about this trilobite. It`s for sure real (buyer from a very good taxidermist i Morocco) As you see it`s little translucent (like some russians) and you can see a oar through it. But can someone tell me what kind of species it is? or family? best wishes
  11. Siroccopteryx tooth

    Tooth of a Pterosaur.
  12. Kem Kem Bone Spike/Horn?

    I recently bought a whole bunch of chunkosaur pieces. Most unidentifiable. But there was some interesting stuff in there as well. This piece in particular looks interesting. At first glance it looks like just a chunk of bone. But then I noticed that most sides still show the outside cortical bone without much damage. The two main sides which are both subtly rounded, are vertically straight and seem to converge into a point. The whole thing is roughly cone shaped. Viewing it from the pointed end it is roughly oval shaped. There is a flat bit on the "underside" of the cone. The bone structure is very dense on one side and very rugose and open near the tip and the other side of the bone, indicating possible fast growth or remodeling. The broken inside also shows a lot of open spaces and air pockets. Now the problem is, that this looks to me like some kind of spike or horn. But I don't know of anything in the Kem Kem beds that has these kinds of structures. Crocodiles have scutes and such, but this piece doesn't resemble armour as it doesn't seem dense enough. Ankylosaurs have spikes, but those aren't present in Kem Kem and their armour is denser as well. The closest thing I could find with a similar shape, was the brow horn of Carnotaurus, which is also not present in Kem Kem. It's a really weird shape that I can't seem to place. Any ideas? Side and "top" rounded surface with dense bone. Other side view and the other rounded side. Cross section of dense bone. "bottom". And broken tip of the "spike". Details.
  13. Postponing one planned purchase prompts searching for another, funny how that works Well, this is one I've started obsessing about somewhat, a lower Mosasaur jaw in matrix. I've read through a lot of threads on the subject on here and figured a few things; most importantly, it's not one of the common tourist souvenir Moroccan fake jaws with inserted teeth. It is from a Mosasaur (at least according to the seller and how it appears to my newbie eyes) but others here will surely have a more accurate label. Now, the seller readily declares there's been some repair and/or restoration--- mainly to the roots of the teeth. I am not sure if he suggests repaired roots or ones built "from the ground up" but I've asked for more info and detailed photos of these areas and expect to have them soon. It's a relatively big piece, the jaw itself appears to be around 30" long, and the seller labels it as having been found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. What do you think? Collectible or do you see too many repairs and/or restorations for it to be worthwhile?
  14. For those collectors that love Moroccan dinosaur material I have some good news and some not so good news. The good news is that we finally have an Abelsaurid described from Morocco its called Chenanisaurus barbaricus . The not so good news is that its NOT from the Kem Kem Beds but from the Maastrichtian Phosphate Mines in the Ouled Abdoun basin. . I reported about this theropod back in 2015 and a jaw, with teeth, was subsequently found which enabled paleontologists to describe this new species. This is what is lacking in the Kem Kem Beds. We should have a march in Morocco to protest lack of Jaws.... Two teeth from my collection Now that we have a name I raise the red flag with all collectors to be cautious of individuals trying to sell Carcharodontosaurus teeth from Kem Kem as this species. The best way insure your getting the correct locality is to have it on a matrix slab. Phosphate matrix is very different than the Kem Kem's. These teeth have been quite rare and I acquired the only two I've seen but now we have a name that always seems to attract entrepreneurs in Morocco . Dentary teeth should follow typical Abelsaurid morphology with the distal side being very perpendicular to the base. Paper: An abelisaurid from the latest Cretaceous (late Maastrichtian) of Morocco, North Africa Nicholas R. Longrich, Xabier Pereda-Suberbiola, Nour-Eddine Jalil, Fatima Khaldoune, Essaid Jourani http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195667116303706
  15. Absolutely Bizarre Jaw/Bone/Toothplate?

    About two weeks ago I bought this bunch of Kem Kem chunkosaur pieces in the hope that something interesting might be in there among the nondiscript bone fragments. There were some things that were identifiable. But this one piece completely baffled me when I looked at it more closely. I hadn't noticed it at first because it still had a bunch of matrix on it. But I soon saw some weird square shapes. These remind me of of the shapes some reptiles have under their scales on their skull. The bone piece already had a weird straight shape with a hollow in the middle. At first I assumed the hollow on the inside of the bone that was just exposed due to breakage. But I then cleaned it some more and a pattern emerged on the inside of the fold that I can only describe as a toothplate. I'm almost positive this must be some kind of jaw piece with a strange tooth plate. I know Kem Kem is still very much a mystery. But I've never seen anything quite this thoroughly bizarre before. Has anyone ever seen anything similar to this? Side with the "toothplate" visible as well as clear square shapes on the outside of the bone. It's still not completely clean, but the toothplate seems to extend futher into the fold. Flat outside edge. The square shapes end in half circles on this side. The other side of the edge also has similar patterns but on a different scale and not as clear. Other side with more subtle square shapes on a smaller scale. Both broken sides to show the cross section. It's also slightly asymmetrical.
  16. I was browsing the Internet and saw this vertebra for sale from my favorite locality the Kem Kem Beds. It's a good example of how the Moroccan's composite a dinosaur vertebra so I decided to post it. Here is the specimen and from a distance it looks acceptable. The centrum looks very nice and possibly a nice addition to a collection. Unfortunately after closer inspection everything else is questionable and red flags are raised. . Matrix fills the gap between the centrum and processes on both sides. Best conclusion is that all of the processes have been composited to the centrum. Is it possible that the processes belong to the centrum? Sure that's possible but another red flag is this bone. It looks nothing like an articulating process should look like and appears to be a peice bone that has been added to appear like one. Or are they adding it to be the neural spine which raises even more flags since the broken edges of one is already there. This vertebra is being sold as a Spinosaurus so it's always good practice to do a Google search and familiarize yourself with one. Scott Hartman's sketal drawings can be a good source. http://www.skeletaldrawing.com/ Not from Scott but here is an image of a dorsal vertebrae from a Spinosaurus. Compare it to the centrum in above specimen and draw your own conclusion. Identifying isolated vertebrae to a specific species from any locality is difficult enough. Identifying isolated centrums to a species is close to impossible especially from the Kem Kem. Comparative bones, images are just not available. Best to purchase a specimen because you like it and maybe someday it can be identified. For new collectors to the hobby always be cautious when you see matrix attached to a Kem Kem fossil. It's the media they use to hide imperfections, repairs and composites.
  17. Deltadromeus Agilis tooth?

    Hi all, New here and to the fossil collecting world--- since I was little I always loved dinosaurs and traces of the past and this is probably some of the farthest back we can reach... so, finally now looking to start up a collection with a good first dinosaur tooth. Not going to spend T-Rex money or anything like that at first so my range would be for a more common type of tooth but still in nice collectable condition. Been looking at several types... like Charcharodontosaurus, Allosaurus, possibly any of the so-called "raptor" types and this is one I've come up with that appears to be a good example of the latter; The description goes: "Pristine example of the rare giant raptor tooth,This tooth is pristine,beautiful enamel,serrated and complete with no repair or restoration.Tooth measures 45 mm Mid-Cretaceous Albian Age Kem-Kem Basin, South of Taouz , K’Sar es Souk Province , Morocco" To my newbie eyes it appears to be in nice condition and possibly also quite large for this species (?)... what do you think? Does the species label ring true and would this be a good starter? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Andreas
  18. Carcharodontosaurus 1

    From the album Nigel's album

  19. Carcharodontosaurus 2

    From the album Nigel's album

  20. Spinosaurus

    From the album Nigel's album

  21. Elaphrosaurus

    From the album Nigel's album

  22. Mosasaur (?) bone ID

    I've been cleaning up this block of Moroccan material, and have exposed most of the central bone. I have no idea what it is, despite the fact that it looks very distinctive. Does anybody have any ideas please? Judging by the size, I would guess it could be mosasaur, but I don't know if the teeth have been placed or were there originally. Numerous fish bones are also present, as usual. Thanks in advance.
  23. Maastrichtian Mosasaurus

    Hello everyone, I mounted this skull, but I'm not sure you have identified the species. I think it's Mosasaurus prognathodon, but I see a strong resemblance Eremiasaurus Heterodontus. What do you think? thank you Snen
  24. While browsing ... Pulled from an online site and removed from their original context to protect the innocent. It was mentioned in the description that they may have been broken and 'cemented' back together. Hunh ... ya think ? Mary Shelley would be proud though.
  25. Spinosaurus's teeth

    Hi everyone...I have taken these two teeth from Morocco that should be of Spinosaurus. Any information is accept. Thanks