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  1. Hi there. I've been looking at this jaw, and based on what I've read, I'd guess that the matrix is probably real but the teeth have been placed after the fact. Can anyone offer any insights please? Thanks.
  2. Hey guys this is my first tooth purchased. I bought it from a fossil website because I thought that would be a safe bet with my lack of experience. I know I overpayed for the tooth, I payed $150 for the tooth. After receiving the tooth and actually holding it, the tooth appears to seem completely reconstructed. I just wanted to know some opinions, some spots almost appear completely covered with glue.
  3. Spinosaurus Teeth

    Today I decided to drive 60 miles to a local auction house, as it was their last auction of the year. I spotted a large riker mount containing 20 Spinosaurus teeth and I was able to be the highest bidder at $80.00, not too bad.
  4. Prognathodon tooth

    Tooth of a durgophagous mosasaur.
  5. Khouribga Material: ID?

    Hello again, Here are the other things that I bought at the same time as my Squalicorax tooth, in an earlier topic today. They all come from Khouribga, Morocco (Maastrichtian in age, ~68mya), but I do not know what they are... Any help is appreciated! Best regards, Max
  6. Dromaeosaur Metatarsal

    Partial metatarsal of a Theropod dinosaur. Probably from a Dromaeosaurid. Very similar to metatarsal II and IV of Velociraptor.
  7. Is this Dactylioceras or Perisphinctes?

    Hi Everyone, I purchased this ammonite from a shop in Colorado several years ago. The only identification they provided was that it was an ammonite from Morocco. I believe them because the opening has been cut flat and filled in like ammonites from Morocco typically are. I have tentatively identified it as a Dactylioceras but I'm not sure, another possibility could be Perisphinctes. There also could be other possibilities, too. Since I don't have information on where it was collected, I don't know what age it comes from. I think I read an older post on this forum that the ribs on Dactylioceras only split in two, but on Perisphinctes they sometimes split into three, but I haven't been able to find that post again (Ludwigia, I seem to remember you were the one who made that comment). This one looks like some of the ribs split into 3, which might suggest Perisphinctes. Also I've included a photo showing a suture line, which I understand can be used to make an identification, but I haven't found anything on the web that gives examples of suture lines for different families. Can anyone help with the identification? Thanks for the help, this forum is amazing!
  8. Hi I have never collected any starfish fossil so I do not know what to look for in a fabricated specimen. So here is a pic of a specimen I'd like to get but I am unsure if this specimen had any restoration done to it. To me it looks quite ok. Do you guys agree? Any comments are welcome.
  9. Good examples of reconstructed vertebrae can be seen on the Web at hefty prices. In this example the seller properly identifies it just has a theropod and says the repair is "using the filler method " and it's an investment grade fossil. It's impossible to tell what has been done to this vertebra but what is evident is that the processess have been added and covered using the " filler method.. We do not know if the processes belong to the centrum, my guess probably not, or if the front and back are from the same vertebra. All the sand fill tells you how much repair has been done to the specimen. Here the seller is offering an associated pair of tail vertebrae from a Spinosaurus. In my opinion they don't look like theropod vertebra more like croc but I really don't know. Again the excessive sand matrix on the sides is a red flag for problems. Another Spinosaur vertebra being offered. Think I've seen this one before. The processes have been added and we do not know where from in fact the short ones don't even look like processes but peices if bone. The centrum may be Spinosaurs but identifying vertebrae in the Kem Kem without known processes is very problematic. . This is what caudal "tail" vertebrae looks like from a Spinosaurid.
  10. Marrakech Morocco last week

    I went last week to visit this stunning city of Morocco,and of course I had a look in the fossils shops J At first an official shop,with something extremely rare,prices!but looks only fakes sorry(perhaps the Mamites was good)
  11. I was hoping some of our Mosasaur experts (@LordTrilobite @jnoun11) could lend me their opinion on the following Mosasaur from Morocco I want to purchase. I was told it is Prognathodon, agree?
  12. Sigilmassasaurus vertebra

    Vertebral process of Sigilmassasaurus. This is likely a mid cervical vertebra. It also bears close resemblance to the Spinosaurus maroccanus holotype which I consider to be synonymous with Sigilmassasaurus brevicollis.
  13. New crocodylomorph from Kem Kem

    Lots of members in the forum collect Kem Kem material and a new relative to a crocodile has been described Lavocatchampsa sigogneaurussellae. Other crocodylomorphs that come from the Kem Kem include Hamadasuchus rebouli and Elosuchus cherifiensis both whose are mentioned on forum posts periodically because of their teeth. This new species is however much smaller than those two, 2 feet (60 cm) in length. What's cool about this discovery is that it was found with the upper and lower jaw preserved together with oddly shipped teeth that look mammal like. He possessed complex multicuspid teeth with for crunching through exoskeletons of insects, like mammals would. It's nice to see new material identified from the Kem Kem and now we have the opportunity to find and identify these teeth in the matrix pieces we collect. News Article: http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/30034/20161012/scientists-baffled-mammal-teeth-newly-discovered-crocodile-relative.htm Abstract with access to 7mb SVP paper http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02724634.2016.1211534
  14. I found this specimen in a crate full of unprepared ammontes under the table of a Morrocan vendor at a fossil show in Filderstadt-Leinfelden. It was covered "from head to toe" with oysters, but I cold see upon inspection that they would be removeable. In the end I decided to keep them attached to one side. The calcite internal mold reveals the sutures excellently as well as the septal wall in the third photo. The fact that this is just the phragmocone shows how large this ammonite could have been.
  15. I put off writing this report until I had some photos taken of the some of the specimens I bought. A friend took some time from this workday last week and photographed them for me. I flew out Jan 29 arriving in Phoenix in the afternoon. A friend picked me up at the airport and we drove to Tucson (approx. 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive). We had just enough time to check out the 22nd Street show before it closed for the day, having been the second day of that show). One of the dealers had a decent amount of Lee Creek fossils. I was surprised at the size of the Squalodon incisors. On my first trip to Tucson back in 1988 I had bought a smaller one. it's about three inches long but missing a little of the root tip. At this show the incisors looked to be about 5 inches long. The dealer also had some megalodon and Parotodus teeth from Lee Creek. They were all in a case so you could not see they from every angle but they were small-to-medium-sized. He still had them all when I came back to the show two days later. He had some medium-sized great whites from an undetermined California site (maybe that Pismo site because they were light-colored). They looked nice but they were expensive for their sizes. He also had some giant Striatolamia teeth from Kazakhstan. I didn't have a ruler with me but they appeared to be over 2 inches. The next day, I went to another show that was really just a loose collection of tents not too far from the Innsuites but would be a long walk from there. Most of the tents are Moroccan dealers. It's a good place to check out. An American collector was haggling hard for a Notidanodon tooth he liked. He bought a few other things and did end up getting the Notidanodon for the price he wanted. I talked to him for a few minutes after he mentioned he occasionally finds Notidanodon partials at Liverpool Point and knew of a complete tooth being found as well. Another dealer had some matrix pieces from a "new" Moroccan site - different sea urchins than I have seen from there before. He said they were Miocene. One of the clusters had a partial shark tooth on it - rather large sand tiger. Later, tagging along with friends, I poked around the Days Inn which is not known as a hotbed of fossil selling activity. I ran across a Texas dealer who had some Lee Creek teeth - mostly tigers and makos but he also had some Texas teeth including some of that South Sulphur River stuff (Maastrictian, Kemp Clay) that was hot about 15 years ago - all the oddball micros. He told me it was all part of a collection he bought and he had binders full of pages of coin holders with small Cretalamna and Scapanorhynchus teeth. I looked through what was there but didn't see any of the rare teeth. I have what I want of that anyway. He had some mosasaur bones but wanted a lot for them and then I looked at a small Riker mount with Ischyrhiza mira rostral spines in it. There were a few nice ones including a couple almost 2 inches long. I couldn't recall seeing them for sale around that size. I thought about it and then bought one of the larger ones. It's 1 13/16" and had enough water-wear to polish it but not enough to damage it. The root is dark brown with a black cap and grayish tip and light-colored striations so it's a nice looking specimen. I really don't know the market on these but they are hardly ever for sale because the people who find them tend to hang onto anything this nice. The dealer said the bigger ones are usually broken and that he had some "heartbreakers" which would have been over 2 1/4" when they were complete. In any case the one I bought is easily the largest I. mira spine in my collection.
  16. The theropod landscape of the Kem Kem deposits continue to be more muddled with new discoveries and research but that should not surprise anyone. I've made several post about multiple Spinosaurid and Carcharodontosaurid in the Kem Kem and it continues to be supported by recent publications. The attached paper describes a femur that supports the concept that Abelisaurid's were in the Kem Kem. We are seeing teeth...so that's good. The paper however looks at the region: Figure 2 below, included in that paper, identifies the main theropod fauna of the region. The abbreviation KKCA under Morocco stands for Kem Kem Compound Assemblage. Please note that under KKCA there are two Spinosaurids mentioned Sigilmassasaurus and Spinosaurus indet. The paper concludes that there is to much ambiguity in the material studied to assign it to Spinosaurus aegyptiacus and further reevaluation is needed. Boy that sure puts an arrow through Ibrahim's Spino redesign. It also states that Kemkemia auditorei, paper attached, may be a crocodyliform or like the paper suggest a spinosaurid. The figure also shows two Carcharodontosaurid: Carcharodontosaurus and Sauroniops. Also Rugops is shown exclusive to Niger. More changes will come and hopfully in some lifetime we will have answers. So if you want to follow proper convention all Spino and Carch material should be identified has indeterminate but if you have that need to have a species name that's okay no one will know. Abelisaurid paper 1754-4.pdf Kemkemia paper 54a7b1c70cf267bdb90a1cf9.pdf
  17. Rhombodus tooth

    Tooth of a ray.
  18. Rhombodus tooth

    Tooth of a ray.
  19. Stratodus apicalis

    Vertebra of a fish.
  20. Enchodus fang

    A large fang of an Enchodus.
  21. Enchodus palate

    Palate bone of an Enchodus. The whole bone as well as the fang seem to be abraded. Maybe it's been partially digested?
  22. Onchopristis tooth

    Tooth of a sawfish.