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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Kem Kem Quadrate?

    I've had this tiny piece of bone from the Kem Kem beds in Morocco for a while. And initially I hadn't looked at it in detail and kinda dismissed it as a random piece of fish. On a whim I re-examined this piece under the microscope and noticed it has an articular surface on it that has a weird shape. The shape is so weird, the only thing it reminds me of is the jaw joint on the quadrate. So could it be a piece of skull? And then I noticed it has spongy structure on the inside of the bone. So that reminds me of reptile bones. I've compared it to most of the known types of reptiles from Kem Kem. It does seem to vaguely resemble many of the quadrates of different animals but it's still quite distinct. The closest match I could find were the quadrates of turtles. But then I compared it to three known turtles from Kem Kem and those also don't seem to match exactly. Only the general shape seems similar. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kem_Kem_Beds I did find some good reference though. Two of the same genus but different species: http://digimorph.org/specimens/Galianemys_whitei/ http://digimorph.org/specimens/Hamadachelys_escuilliei/ Paper that includes two of the Kem Kem turtles: http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/5824 I can't seem to find a good match. Does anyone have any ideas? Ventral? Dorsal? Anterior? Anterodorsal? Posterior?
  7. Stratodus apicalis

    Vertebra of a fish.
  8. Enchodus fang

    A large fang of an Enchodus.
  9. 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?
  10. Onchopristis tooth

    Tooth of a sawfish.
  11. Onchopristis tooth

    Tooth of a sawfish.
  12. Obaichthys africanus

    Scale of a Gar
  13. Neoceratodus africanus (Haug 1905)

    Tooth of a lungfish.
  14. Dentilepisosteus kemkemensis GRANDE, 2010

    Scales of a gar.
  15. Lepidotes pankowski FOREY et al., 2011

    Scale of a fish.
  16. Lepidotes scale

    Scale of a fish.
  17. Bawitius scale

    Scale of a fish.
  18. Squalicorax tooth

    Tooth of a shark.
  19. Serratolamna serrata tooth

    A tooth of a mackerel shark. Found in a piece of matrix with a Platecarpus and Zarafasaura tooth.
  20. Globidens tooth

    Tooth of a Globidensine mosasaur.
  21. Globidens tooth

    Tooth crown of a Globidensine mosasaur.
  22. Globidens tooth

    A rooted tooth of a Globidensine mosasaur.
  23. Halisaurus arambourgi jaw

    A right maxilla of a small mosasaur.
  24. Halisaurus walkeri jaw fragment

    A small fragment of a left dentary of a mosasaur.
  25. Mosasaurus hoffmanni tooth

    Tooth of a mosasaur.