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  1. Kolihapeltis rabatensis (Devonian, Kolihapeltis couche, Jebel Oufatene) Detail of the pygidium Detail of the eye and spine (note the spine has been repaired). Notice the cool patterns on the exoskeleton. Most of the reason I decided it was not fake and purchased it. Just picked it up from the NJ Gem and Mineral show in Edison yesterday. Anyone have some info on the genera? I can't find any good public access papers out there that detail Kolihapeltis.
  2. Unidentfied Moroccan Tooth

    Hello. I was wondering if anyone here could identify this tooth from Morocco. It is from the early- middle cretaceous. I don't really know much else as like most fossil from Morocco, the exact location where they came from in unknown. With that said one of the interesting details with the tooth is that is has a ridge running along the sides. The picture you can see it best in is picture 2 but it doesn't show up that well. If there are any more questions about the fossil please ask me and I will try to answer them as best as possible.
  3. Hi there. This is my first post so please excuse me if it misses any guidelines. I am currently in Marrakech and have found a local dealer specialising in fossils and geodes etc. I purchased a trilobite from him today. I have heard all about the fake trilobites that are sold in Morocco but this one looks very authentic to my incredibly untrained eyes! If it is real I would love to buy another. Tomorrow is my last day here. If you could give your opinion on whether you think this looks real or not I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Chris
  4. Plant Impressions (Morocco)

    I acquired this item from an artefact dealer who believed it to be a Neolithic “shaft abrader”. These artefacts are usually from coarse/abrasive stones (this is silicified sandstone, bordering on quartzite) and were used to smooth arrow shafts and wooden spindles for other uses. There are also similar artefacts used for making tubular stone beads. Unfortunately, I don’t have a precise locality apart from Moroccan Sahara but in any case it was found in an artefact-rich area and may well have been manuported to where it was found. It fits neatly in the hand for such a purpose but I didn’t believe it to be an abrader, although I purchased it anyway. Although such artefacts often have multiple hemispherical grooves, the arrangement of a pair of grooves so close together wouldn’t be usual (or practical) and I was even more suspicious that there are two identical pairings on the rock. Closer examination of the interior of the grooves also doesn’t show the typical parallel scratching that arises from such abrasion. It has to be a plant impression, but does anyone know what plant, or even what portion of the plant might have this kind of double-barrelled structure? It’s sufficiently distinctive that I hope someone recognises it. There are also a couple of surface patches that might be from leaf or larger stem impression (to the left and above the grooves on the right of the first picture). They have shallow striations. Sorry about the poor focus on that last picture but it should give you some idea that the grooves are symmetrically hemispherical. The combined width of each pair of grooves is about 10mm.
  5. Morocco Trilobite In The Raw

    I recently purchased this Trilobite from Morocco not because it was rare or unusual, I bought it because, to me, it's perfect the way it is. It's a specimen of Gerastos tuberculatus marcoensis that is naturally exposed from the limestone rock. It came from Mt.Mrakib which is near Alnif in Morocco and likely came from the Taboumakhlouf Formation which is dated to the Devonian (Emsian stage). I narrowed down the name based on info I got from the dealer and by reading through Paleontographica Canadiana No. 30, "Gerastos from the Lower to Middle Devonian of the Southern Moraccan Anti-Atlas Region" by Gibb and Chatterton, 2010 (Thanks Scott for the paper!). I could get him prepped and restored but I much prefer the natural patina and shape of the wind sculpted rock plus the trilobite seems to be resting or looking for prey.
  6. Spinocyrtina? From Morocco

    A recent purchase from a dealer in Morocco procured these brachiopod fossils for my collection. They come from Mt. Oufaten near Alnif, Morocco and are Devonian (Emsian stage) in age. I can find papers about the Trilobites from this area but nothing regarding the Brachiopod fauna. Am I correct with my ID and does anyone have any papers they would suggest that could describe more of the Devonian fauna from Morocco? Thanks Dave Specimen #1 Specimen #2
  7. Agadir Ammonites

    I bought one of those Agadir ammonites today and from what I've red most of these specimens are unidentifiable because they lost their suture lines due to the chiselling job. The one I bought still had its suture lines intact despite the preparation done on it. What genus are these usually? I've had mantelliceras and olcostephanus as possibilities.
  8. Hello everyone I recently saw this video on YouTube: And i looked at this mosasaur tooth i have from Khourigba (Morocco): It appears to have at least some bone fragments inside it aswell: Since my question is about fossil preparation, i thought that it would go into this forum, move it if i´m wrong. I thought that it would be intriguing to "prep" into the rock (though it might be an extremely bad idea, i don´t know), and see what i could find in there (except for the obvious mosasaur tooth). The guy in the video used "A tooth brush, water and a scriber", would that be a good way to do it? Would one remove all the sandstone? I do know that these teeth are sometimes added to non-associated matrix (though i don´t know why), could this be problematic if one would prep into the rock? Thanks for any answers
  9. Isolated Teeth

    I have a herbivore dinosaur tooth in my collection identified as Triceratops horridus, this is a quite common type of tooth and is almost always identified as such. But looking at the dinosaurs of Hell Creek (where the tooth is from) couldn´t it equally well be a Triceratops prorsus tooth, a Torosaurus tooth or even a Tatankaceratops tooth? Are there any particular morphological things unique to Triceratops or are these teeth just sold as "Triceratops horridus" since that is easier to sell than "Chasmosaurinae indet."? Wouldn´t i be equally confident if i labelled it as Torosaurus? Of course with some teeth it´s easier, for an example, only Spinosaurus teeth actually look like Spinosaurus teeth and so on, but with small herbivore teeth how easy is it to determine species?
  10. Crocodile Teeth

    This is a crocodile teeth fossil from Morocco does anyone know what id it belongs to?
  11. Common Misidentifications

    Howdy all. I'm one of those that value correct id's when it comes to fossils, so I thought that I'd post some common misidentifications often seen in anything from gift shops to proffessional collections. If you know any other misidentifications you are welcome to post them here First up are the "Orthoceras" slabs coming out of Morocco (all these misidentifications are of moroccan fossils). Orthoceras currently only contains 1 species, which is only known from my general area (Northern Europe), based on my research, the species originally called "Orthoceras fluminese" is the correct ID for the moroccan orthocones, and this species is today known as "Orthocycloceras fluminese". Second, another paleozoic invertibrate, the moroccan calymenids are very common and are often labelled as "Calymene" or "Diacalymene", but neither genus exist in morocco, the correct species for these trilobites is "Flexicalymene ouzregui". Third, we have the moroccan Globidens teeth, these are often sold as "Globidens aegypticus", a species that according to both Wikipedia and the Paleobiology Database doesn't exist. The name you're looking for is "Globidens phosphaticus". Lastly, we have another mosasaur. "Mosasaurus anceps" or "Prognathodon anceps" teeth are quite common on the market, but they do in fact belong to "Liodon anceps", sometimes teeth labelled as "Prognathodon sp." Will belong to Liodon aswell. I hope this helped
  12. Hi all, sorry for making yet-again another Mosasaur topic here. But as you can imagine, the last post had everyone come to the general consensus that the mosasaur jaw I linked wasn't genuine. I would like to try for this piece then (again from Morocco). The entire length including the jacket measures 52cm. Your help is greatly appreciated, thank you! What is your assessment? 1) Genuine piece, no repairs 2) Mostly genuine, some slight repairs and restorations, nothing major 3) Composite. Real, but probably from multiple mosasaurs
  13. Moroccan Fossil Hunting

    I've often marvelled at pictures of "flying" walliserops trilobites on ebay, but their price is rather steep to say the least. Would it be possible to hop on a plane to Morocco and start finding fossil of that quality lying around on hillsides? Obviously they'd be unpreped, so how would one go about doing this? Just look at this thing! Incredible.
  14. My very first fossil purchase, 7 years ago, may be a fake. I'm not too proud to admit at the time I knew a lot less than I do now, and the inaugural piece of my collection may be a fake. Over the years I've learned that Moroccan trilobites are often faked, and many of the fakes look like the one I have. I'm no expert though, and water to get others' more educated opinions. What do you think?
  15. Platecarpus skull Finished 2

    From the album Platecarpus start to finish

    Platecarpus ptychodon skull finished. (Platecarpus ptychodon Arambourg 1954), Oued Zem, Morocco, Cretaceous: 146-65 MYO

    © Seth Sorensen

  16. We see thousands and thousands of Spinosaurus teeth come out of Morocco each year in all shapes and sizes. Question is, do they truly all belong to Spinosaurus as they are so often named after? I would not doubt that those high quality 4" and above teeth do belong to the giant sailed predator, but what about the numerous teeth that are 2" or below? Have there been any other Spinosaurids found from the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco?
  17. Hi guys! I picked up three Moroccan trilobites at the NJ/NY show this weekend. None were labelled but I think I have at least the genus correct on these. Let me know if I got something wrong. Cornuproetus sp. Phacops sp.? Parahomalonotus
  18. Scyphocrinites. sp

    From the album My fossils collection

    Scyphocrinites. sp from Djebel Issoumour, Alnif, Morocco, Silurian period
  19. Dinosaur Vertebra - Dromaeosaur?

    Hello guys. I´m always eager to expand my fossil collection, and recently got the opportunity to buy this one. On the website it is listed as: "Vertebra from dinosaur, probably from raptor/dromaeosaur spec. Good condition, no repair and no restoration. 27 mm long Weight 11 gram Cretaceous Approx 90 myo Tegana, Kem Kem, Morocco" And here´s the images: So, for the reason of the thread, here´s my question to the experts around here: Is there anything distinguishable on this thing that can tell that this fossil is from a dromaeosaur (or even a dinosaur) at all? Help would be highly appreciated. /Sebastian
  20. Crotalocephalus. gibbus

    From the album My fossils collection

    Crotalocephalus. gibbus from Laarchana Alnif Morocco Devonian period
  21. Selenopeltis. buchi and Mucronaspis.sp

    From the album My fossils collection

    Selenopeltis. buchi and Mucronaspis.sp from Mount Boutchrafine Erfoud, Morocco, Ordovician period
  22. Spinosaurus. aegyptiacus tooth

    From the album My fossils collection

    Spinosaurus. aegyptiacus tooth from Kem Kem bed Morocco, Cretaceous period
  23. Here is a piece of fossilized starfish mortality plate from Morocco. Can anyone help me identify the respective species on this fossil please? Thanks for the help.
  24. Fish cranium

    From the album Some verts and greenies

    Strange fish skull from the Cretaceous or paleocene of the phosphate mines of Khourigba. Morocco
  25. Squalicorax Bassanii

    From the album Some verts and greenies

    Rare Squalicorax Bassanii tooth Final Cretaceous. Khourighba Phosphate mines-Morocco