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  1. Atlasaurus emelakei tooth

    Did anyone happen to see or better yet buy the Atlasaurus emelakei tooth that was just listed on ebay? It's the first spatulate shaped sauropod tooth I've ever seen for sale from Morocco.
  2. My Collection 2015

    It's been a while since I posted my collection. And many things have changed since then, Many new fossils as well as creations of my own. Here's an overview of the fossils I have on display as of 2015 On the left shelf from the top. First there's Ice Age megafauna from the North Sea including Woolly Mammoth scapula and jaw as well as a Horse foot with a homemade stand. Below that is a complete neck of a Woolly Rhino, a Cave Lion and a giant snail. Next I have some recent material. Then there's my Jurassic material with some ammonites and a replica of the original Pterodactylus holotype. Below that are my Devonian Trilobites and at the bottom are Trilobites and Orthocones from the lower Ordovician of Kinnekulle, Sweden. I haven't changed much on the left side in recent times so I haven't made any closeup photos. But if you guys want I can still make those. Then there's the right side where I've added a lot of new things. As some of you may know I sometimes make sculptures of skulls from foam. So on the top shelf I have my pride and joy. A lifesize sculpture of a subadult Gorgosaurus libratus skull. Next to it I have a real Gorgosaurus tooth from Alberta and a replica of a T. rex tooth. Under it I have my prettiest Kem Kem fossils. From the left: Spinosaurus tooth, Carcharodontosaurus tooth, Onchopristis tooth, Abelisaurid tooth and some dinosaur bones. Here I have on the left replicas of Mongolian dinosaurs, Velociraptor skull and killing claw, Oviraptor egg and baby Psittacosaurus skeleton. In the back is a real piece of petrified wood from China. On the right I have other Canadian dinosaurs that go with my Gorgosaurus. A subadult Maiasaura skull replica and a sculpture of the baby Parasaurolophus "Joe" which I made. Don't you just love baby dinosaurs? Here's a scan I made of the Maiasaura skull using Photogrammetry. This shelf houses my my creepy critters from the Cretaceous cavernous depths. Mostly Mosasaur material with some Belemnites, Shark teeth and Zarafasaura. In the back is the only replica on the shelf. A lower jaw of a Platecarpus ptychodon. Then there are three jaw pieces which I all prepped. On the left there is a Prognathodon dentary that I repaired from 8 pieces. In the middle there's a small piece of a rare Halisaurus walkeri dentary and on the right there is a piece of Prognathodon pterygoid jaw. I also have some Globidens, Mosasaurus beaugei and Prognathodon sp. teeth While not shown on the shelf. I have another nice Mosasaur jaw with several other fragments that belong with it. I've scanned it here and mirrored the pieces to create a rough shape with where they should be. Though the quadrate bone should technically be a lot farther back. And also a scan of one of my Zarafasaura oceanis teeth. Also not in the cabinet since it's too long at almost a metre in length. My lifesize sculpture of a Bambiraptor skeleton. All completely homemade. And then there's the latest adition. For as a graduation present I got a Woolly Rhino skull replica!
  3. I purchased this fossil Globidens jaw fragment at a Gem and Mineral Show about a month ago. The crown of the tooth appears to be real, as does the jaw bone. Being cautious of Moroccan fakes, I made sure not to pay too much for the piece. While the individual parts appear to be genuine, I have noticed repair marks and markings that suggest the tooth may be composited onto the root. Any opinions or insight into the matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! - Geoff
  4. Small dinosaur bone?

    Hi everyone, hope you can help with this ID problem. I bought a pile of fossils from the Kem Kem beds in Morocco. It included a lot of random stuff, but one particular fossil caught my eye. There was a little bone locked in a "ball" of rock. I couldn't really make out what it was, so I removed the rock and out came this (look at pictures). To me it looks like a vertebra... Could it be from a dinosaur?
  5. Updated 11/7/17 Although a lot of this has already been posted on a number of topics, I thought consolidation it might prove useful with some additional information. If you're planning to purchase theropod teeth from Morocco's Kem Kem Beds or already have some in your collection check this out. Moroccan theropods are poorly understood and not a lot has been published. Very few articulated skeletons have been found and most are partial and without a skull. There is also lots of mis-information, mostly unintentional, from some dealers but especially online auction sites. Unfortunately these are the most misidentified commercially sold dinosaur fossil around. Please post your interest here on the forum before you buy. Background: The Kem Kem Beds also known as the ‘‘Continental Intercalaire’’ or "Continental Red Beds" is composed of three formations: Akrabou, Aoufous and Ifezouane Formation. The latter two are the dinosaur producing sediments with the Ifezouane being the principal one. They are Cenomanian in age. The attached drawing gives a representation how they lay. The distribution of the different groups of fossils in the Ifezouane Formation can been see in the pie chart below. Dinosaurs make up a small percentage of what is collected. So first lets identify what is known to the best of my knowledge. Theropods that have been described across North Africa (focus on large bodied theropods) Theropods that have been described in Kem Kem: (family level) Spinosaurus aegyptiacus * (Spinosaurid) *Some paleontologist believe this species is unique to Egypt and Kem Kem material should be identified as Spinosauid indet. Lots of questions exist over Ibrahim (2014) diagnosis which validated this species. Carcharodontosaurus saharicus (Carcharodontosaurid) Deltadromeus agilis (Neovenatorid) Sigilmassasaurus brevicollis (Spinosaurid) Sauroniops pachytholus (Carcharodontosaurid) Theropods that have not been described from the Kem Kem but isolated teeth exist and have been reflected in scientific papers: Dromaeosaurid sp.? Hendrickx suggested these are actually Noasaurid indet. Abelisaurid indet. Theropod teeth that are sold commercially but no scientific evidence yet to link them to the Kem Kem: Abelisaurus sp. (Not described from North Africa) Rugops sp. (Only described from Niger) Bahariasaurus sp. (Only described from Egypt) Elaphrosaurus sp. (From Jurassic of Tanzania) So what is being sold and what are the issues? Spinosaurid Teeth are well understood by both collector and dealers, see photo. Issues are typically associated with restoration and compositing a larger tooth from multiple teeth. Teeth with matrix attached to them are suspect for restoration so be careful. At least two species of Spinosaurids exits and it's currently impossible to determine if they are Spinosaurus or Sigilmassasaurus or Undescribed taxon. Conflicting taxonomic hypotheses have been proposed. Ibrahim at al (2014) suggest that all specimens found belong to Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. Evers et al (2015) regard Spinosaurus maroccanus and Sigiilmassaurus brevicollis as belonging to the same taxon Sigiilmassaurus brevicollis which is also supported by Hendrickx et al (2016). Ever at al (2015) also described additional specimens from a second unnamed Spinosaurid. Bottom line we do not have enough specimens to eliminate ontogenetic or sexual dimorphism differences and accurately describe Spinosaurids in the Kem Kem. So these teeth are best identified as: Spinosaurid indet. Carcharodontosaurid Teeth, those that are compressed and blade like, first photo. Wrinkles by the distal carina are diagnostic to this species. Mesial teeth are fat, slender and look very different (D shaped) (next three photos). Two species currently are described Carcharodontosaurus saharicus and Sauroniops pachytholus and its impossible to differentiate teeth between these taxons. Similiar to the Spinosaurid debate one exists with these two species and if Sauroniops is valid. Similiar to Spinosaurids the big issue is having enough specimens to make a proper determination in what exists.. For these reasons best identified as : Carcharodontosaurid indet. Theropod indet. There are also intermediate size teeth (1 1/2") that are being sold as Deltadromeus or another theropod. I believe these could be Deltadromeus teeth but until we see scientific evidence this morphology of tooth should be identified as Theropod indet. No skull was found with the holotype or in any other discoveries so we do not know what they look like. Carcharodontosaurid serrations Theropod indet. Dromaeosaurid: Teeth being sold as Dromaeosaurus are most likely misidentified, so here is what to look for. There are a few morphologies floating around but nothing as been formally described. Teeth are typically small around 1/2" (1.2cm) to over 1" (2.5cm) One morphology of these teeth are suggested by Hendrickx to be from a Noasaurid dinosaur. Although you see many sellers using the word Raptor next to what they are offering it's unknown if there is a true raptor in the Kem Kem. Abelisaurids are not raptors This figure identifies a study of isolated teeth by Richter (2015) and identifies two morphologies (A to D) and (E to G) as Dromaeosaurid. Mesial and distal carinae show a distinct density difference in serrations. The tip of the tooth extends past the base. On morph E/F a faint but visible constriction between crown and root is visible. The later form suggested by some paleontologists is most similiar to troodontids. Morph variant 3 that I have in my collection but not seen in any papers Mesial and distal carinae range show a distinct difference. A distinct twist to the mesial carina. Abelisaurid indet. With new discoveries we can put a real species name to these teeth but currently they are indeterminate. These are easily identifiable but can easily be misidentified with certain morphologies of Dromaeosaurid teeth. The teeth are very compressed, the cross-section is oval at the base, the mesial side is strongly curved and the distal side is almost straight to the base of the tooth, see red lines in the photo. Mesial and distal carinae range from only a slight to a distinct difference. The only morphological feature that discriminates a tooth of a dromaeosaurid from that of an abelisaurid is the unique mesial and distal curvature profile of the abelisaurid crown. These teeth could belong to Rugops since it's an Abelisaurid but we have no scientific information to support that claim and should be identified as Abelisaurid indet. Premaxillary Bottom Line: There are NO theropod teeth in the Kem Kem Beds that you can currently definitively assign to a Genus to, no less a Species all should be identified to a family level..
  6. From the album Mosasaurs

    70 - 66 mya Khouribga, Morocco 4.11 inches long
  7. Mosasaurus tooth (M. beaugei)

    From the album Mosasaurs

    70 - 66 mya Khouribga, Morocco 5.42 inches long 1.99 inches wide
  8. Mosasaur tooth (Prognathodon curii)

    From the album Mosasaurs

    70.6 - 66 mya Sidi Chenan, Morocco 6.13 inches long 1.98 inches wide
  9. Mosasaur Jaw (Prognathodon giganteus)

    From the album Mosasaurs

    70.6 - 66 mya | late Cretaceous, Oued Zem, Morocco, 10.8 inches
  10. From the album Mosasaurs

    89.3 - 66 mya Morocco 1.87 inches long 1.64 inches wide
  11. Mosasaur Jaw 2 (Proganthodon giganteus)

    From the album Mosasaurs

    70.6 - 66 mya Oued Zem, Morocco Cross section of my Mosasaur jaw, showing the seed tooth
  12. Globidens Fragment

    I am in the middle of prep on a rooted Globidens anterior, rooted tooth. The root surface is seen at the upper right portion of the photo. The matrix is full of pinhead to pea sized bone fragments. This larger and unusually textured fragment is the exception. The exposed portion of the carbide needle, shown for scale, is 1". The fragment is a little better than 1mm thick. Given the rugose surface, does anyone have an idea what structure it may be a fragment of. Thanks for looking.
  13. Unknown Theropod Vert

    Hey guys, I'm interested in this "unknown theropod vertebra" from Morocco, I'm guessing Kem Kem, and it looks like a lower tail specimen - but have no clue what species it's from. Any ideas? Thanks, Robbie
  14. So after poking around these forums, I am pretty positive that I have been duped, but please let me know what you think. Are the teeth even real? Thank you so much to anyone who can help me out here.
  15. Early Eocene Fish Jaw

    From the album TEETH & JAWS

    This is an Early Eocene (Ypresian) fish jaw from the phosphate deposits in Central Morocco. For more images and discussion, see this TFF thread: http://www.thefossil...jaw-with-teeth/ (This image is best viewed by clicking on the button on the upper right of this page => "other sizes" => "large".)

    © Harry Pristis 2015

  16. Cretaceous Fish Jaw With Teeth

    Here's a fish jaw I brought back from Morocco a long time ago. I didn't give it much attention until recently. I tried exposing a little more of the teeth in the resistant matrix (no fabrication with this matrix piece). I think the jaw belongs to Stephanodus lybicus Brychaetus muelleri, a ray-finned fish. Can someone here confirm this identification as reasonable? I may want to put the image in my TFF album, but don't want Google to pick it up with a dicey identification.
  17. Hi all, I've just purchased a lovely 3 1/4 inch black crocodile tooth. It supposedly comes from the Kem Kem formation, and is Elosuchus. As I'm aware however, Kem Kem fossils are usually red or brown, and Elosuchus teeth are slightly rounded. Other Elosuchus. The beautiful rooted one belongs to AJ Plai. The one I just got. The seller said it came from one of the larger teeth at the front of the jaw. Any ideas?
  18. Prognathodon sp. Dentary

    From the album Reptile Fossils

    Prognathodon sp. Right side dentary fragment of a Mosasaur. Location: Khouribga, Morocco Age: Maastrichtian, Late Cretaceous

    © &copy. Olof Moleman

  19. Morocco Stromatolite?

    I bought this recently in Agadir for only $25 so I'm happy whatever it is. It is said to be a stromatolite, though it may be just a desert rose of some type, though it's very hard and heavy, definitely not gypsum or barite. Some sites on the net suggest precambrian, ranging from 2.6 down to .6 billion years old, depending where you look. Some say Cambrian, some Ordovician and others Devonian or Cretaceous. Any ideas anyone?
  20. Hi All The Geological Society have just published a FREE paper on The Fezouata fossils of Morocco; an extraordinary record of marine life in the Early Ordovician http://jgs.lyellcollection.org/content/early/2015/06/29/jgs2015-017.abstract
  21. Travelling To Morocco

    Hello! I am travelling to Morocco in a few weeks, where I am visiting larger cities (Casablanca, Marrakech) as well as Erfoud and Ouarzazate, and I have a few questions about purchasing fossils while I am there. First, what should I expect to pay ? I am looking at Devonian trilobites as well as Kem-Kem dinosaur pieces, and I am wondering what prices will be for both common and rarer high quality trilobites and middle-of-the-road dinosaur fossils. Where should I purchase them? I will be in Erfoud for only two days, but I will be in large cities for a bit longer. Would it be best to purchase them where they're collected? Lastly, I am leaving Morocco by ferry, and ultimately heading back home via Charles de Gaulle Airport. Are there any problems with Moroccan, Spanish, or French customs? Thank you for any advice! Reese
  22. Brachiosaur Vert?

    Hey all, After a bit of research, I think it might be Brachiosaur sp? Anyone could help me out? Big thanks!
  23. I will not mention the name of this seller.... One of my Moroccan sources have highlighted to me the presence of fake dinosaur claws on Ebay at the moment. In fact, he claims to have even visited the house of the man that made the fake fossils. Here are some pics from this scam seller. "Exceptional" Spinosaurus toe claw, 5.90 inches "Exceptional" Carch tooth with root, 5.31 inches "Exceptional" Spinosaurus foot claw, 5.59 inches ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here's some real ones for comparison. Spino claw. Rooted Spino tooth (I know it's not carch, notice how the end doesn't taper into a whale tooth-like root)
  24. Raptor Or Ceratosaur?

    This dinosaur tooth from Cenomanian of Kem Kem, Morocco, was purchased as dromaeosaur tooth, but, looking through some articles I thought, that this could be also from ceratosaur - Deltadromeus (sensu lato of course, I know that its skull material wasn't found) or abelisaurid. Can anyone help me with ID, please? Labial and lingual sides; view on mesial (left) and distal serrations.
  25. Does anyone know of any papers that refer to the species Morocconites malloides? More specifically I am interested to know what formation it comes from in Morocco. I read the paper by Edgecombe: Edgecombe, G.D. (1991). Morocconites Struve, 1989, a Devonian Acastine Trilobite (Calmoniidae: Acastinae). American Museum Novitates, Number 2998 ...but it does not go into detail as to the layer in which they are found. Thanks for the help! Dave