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  1. Hi all, i'm buying that trilobite but i'm not expert in cambrian morocco trilos. That one seem real with no restoration but i'm not sure. Also not sure about species. Can you help me? Thanks
  2. Phosphate mine dinosaur tooth?

    I was offered this tooth it has serrations but it looks more mosasaur shaped. Any input is appreciated @LordTrilobite you have a decent amount of experience in dealing with mosasaur material correct?
  3. Day Two ; Locality One (or Six if you include Day One) Black Sahara, South of Erfoud 20th February 2019 Well this is where things really get interesting, so stick with this thread as there are dozens of photos of fossils coming up. Looks at the tags if you want clues. I was up bright and early and wandered out at about 7 am to watch the sun rise over the still mighty Erg Chebbi dunes. And as night's candles were burnt out and jocund day stood tiptoe over the misty duney tops, the chaps came to join me and managed lots of photos. Here's one, if you would like to see more, I'm busy posting a kazillion of 'em under the Nature Photography thread.
  4. dino bone kem kem

    Hey all .. what do you guys make of this partial bone?
  5. I was interested in purchasing this brittle starfish fossil from Morocco. I've read how there are a lot of fakes out there. I'd really appreciate some insight. Thanks!
  6. I don't know whether I should have put this in the ID section instead, as I'm looking for some info and for help in sorting out what I've got, but not necessarily IDs per se. But it's also a sort of show-and-tell, so here goes. The info I'm trying to sort out has to do with the locations and formation/stages of some of the items. To help, I'll post the Ordovician correlation chart from the ICS and this other one from a paper on the Valongo (Portugal) site recently posted in the Documents section, showing the known soft-bodied sites of the Ordovician... The latter seems a little too tidy, with the deposits fitting exactly within the given stages, but maybe it will be of some help:
  7. Kem Kem Raptor Humerus

    I bought a number of cool little Kem Kem fossils recently. There's a number of quite interesing ones in there. One of them turned out to be pretty special. As far as I know Dromaeosaurid material is pretty rare in the Kem Kem beds. But this seems to be the upper part of a right humerus of a raptor. Other Theropods are generally pretty different and those of birds while more similar also don't match. the bone is obviously hollow but the bone wall is still fairly substantial, which makes me think its Dromaeosaur instead of bird. The bone is also almost identical in shape and size to the humerus of the small Dromaeosaurid Bambiraptor. Though mine is obviously not as complete, but still very nicely preserved in 3D. I feel confident enough to call this raptor that I wanted to share this with you guys. Bambiraptor humerus. Needless to say, I'm really happy with this piece.
  8. Kem Kem bones help

    Curious what people made of these Kem Kem bones? I can tell they’ve been restored a bit, but any idea what they came from? They’re all right around 8 inches. Thanks a ton for the help y’all!
  9. Does anyone have a copy of the following paper I could read: Valentin Buffa; Nour‐Eddine Jalil; J.‐Sebastien Steyer (2019). Redescription of Arganasaurus (Metoposaurus) azerouali (Dutuit) comb. nov. from the Upper Triassic of the Argana Basin (Morocco), and the first phylogenetic analysis of the Metoposauridae (Amphibia, Temnospondyli). Papers in Palaeontology in press. doi:10.1002/spp2.1259. Although Hunt (1993) designated Metoposaurus azerouali a nomen dubium, the paper by Buffa et al. overturns that taxonomic opinion by shedding new info on the anatomy of this little known species.
  10. Years ago when I was active on the Paleolist fossil discussion list a member posted images of a large enrolled Parahomalonotus planus planus Devonian trilobite from Morocco. He said he picked it up in Tucson. LINK At the time I remember doing a Google search and saw images of flats of these huge enrolled trilobites at Tucson. Didn't go to Tucson this year...However, I was there the previous 2 years and didn't see any. Anyone know of any dealers on the Net offering these "Holy Rollers" for sale? Maybe they were fakes? Comments? Barry
  11. This thing has me stumped. The only thing the shape reminds me of, is a tooth from Camarasaurus, but nothing about the texture screams "this is a tooth" to me. I would have guessed some kind of claw, but it appears to have something akin to a root?? @LordTrilobite, I'm sure I saw that you deal with Kem Kem material quite a bit? Any thoughts?
  12. Moroccan Vertebra - Perhaps Reptilian?

    Hello all! I was recently given a vertebra, and the only other information I could gather was its Moroccan origin. I'd like to know what species it belongs to, because the only thing I've narrowed it down to is Mesozoic marine reptile because of its shape. I understand this inference is especially vague, and possibly incorrect. Attached are some photos, and one measurement I couldn't photograph is its circumference at the smallest point, approximating six centimeters. If I could find out the species to a tee or even the family, as well as some pointers on how to safely clean it (appears somewhat fragile), I'd really appreciate the help! I'll help y'all out in whatever way I can, so if I need to take additional photos or something, please don't hesitate in telling me so. Thanks! **Please note there will more pictures commented, as the files are large.**
  13. Kem Kem Claw

    I recently saw this available for sale during one of my latest hunts for new stuff. Seller claims it to be a dromaeosaur claw from Morocco (definitely looks the part for Kem Kem material). I am beyond useless with anything other than teeth, so could someone offer an opinion on what kind of claw this might be? Size: 14mm Thanks, all!
  14. Hello, fellow fossil people! I am extremely new to the fossil scene and have almost no experience identifying authentic versus real fossils. I recently received a large trilobite fossil as a gift from my parents. The seller claimed that it was an authentic Moroccan trilobite, but I'm not so sure. Any information on the fossil's authenticity and/or identity would be greatly appreciated!
  15. Adam's Cambrian

    A rangeomorph holdfast trace fossil from the Ediacara formation, Rawnsley quartzite of the Flinders Range, South Australia. This specimen is Medusina mawsoni, so called because it was until recently thought to be a jellyfish, but is now believed to be the attachment point of a fractal rangeomorph as Charniodiscus is the point of anchorage for Charnia sp. This one may have been the holdfast point for some species of Rangea. The diameter of the outer circle is 1.5 cm and the fossil is estimated to be 555 million years old.
  16. unknown Kemkem fossil

    Hey guys, I am currently working on a piece from the KemKem beds, and each time I am working on it it gets more interesting. Or weirder. It is about 35cm in length and starting to show dimples, curves and ridges. I am starting to loose the overview for the cleaning process Can somebody help me identifying this piece or does anybody know/have an idea of what this is? All tips are welcome
  17. That Odd Theropod Tooth

    So the odd Kem Kem tooth I bought online arrived today. It does have a bit of a funky shape to it. • Chunky with a recurve. • Oval cross section. • Mesial carina naturally extends only to 1/2 way down the mesial face. • Distal carina reaches cervix. • No wrinkled enamel. • No obvious interdental succuli. Denticle count at midline - Mesial: 13/5mm Distal: 10/5mm Close up of denticle shape (distal midline):
  18. Carch. Or Abelisaur Tooth?

    This tooth I found online recently has me a bit stumped. The seller lists it as belonging to Bahariasaurus, but I can't find even probable images of a tooth from one to compare. * Forgot to say, it is from the Kem Kem. The denticles don't look too much like an Abelisaurid, but the side profile of the tooth seems a bit odd for a Carcharodontosaurid. The mesial carina also appears to only extend roughly 1/2 down the face of the tooth. Denticle count at midline (from what I can fathom): Mesial: 16/5mm Distal: 11/5mm This is the only photo, I'm afraid... I know how difficult it is to identify anything without detailed photos, but does anyone have any rough thoughts as to what this one might belong to?
  19. Chunky Kem Kem Theropod Tooth

    Hey folks, Thought I'd run it by the forum experts as to whether you agree with the Carcharodontosaurid label for my new acquisition (which it was sold as)? Locality is the usual Kem Kem beds, Morocco. Serration density- Mesial: 10/5mm Distal: 9/5mm Distal serrations run to the base, while the mesial serrations end about 3/4 of the way down the carinae. It's a chunky little thing, but I gather Carch teeth can occasionally be on the more robust side....but I'll let you judge: Side Views: Base: Distal: Mesial:
  20. I decided last week to keep an eye out for any of those elusive dromaeosaurid-like teeth from the Kem Kem....I think I got super lucky and found one within days!! The morphology doesn't match up with anything I'm familiar with from Morocco, so I'm thinking it fits quite nicely with the general appearance of a dromaeosaur tooth. Apologies for the quality of the photos. I've taken a lot of snaps, but just can't get any super clear shots. The tooth is 13.5mm in height. Tall and strongly laterally compressed, with a definite recurve. Please be my guest at trying to count the denticles; I've squinted and gone cross-eyed trying, but by my best count it's... Mesial midline: 8/9 per mm Distal midline: 5 per mm The mesial carina terminates approx. half way down the anterior edge, and has a very slight twist. You can see where the carina ends in the next photo, as the surface transitions to an almost flat, smooth triangular shape down to the base of the crown (shape reminds me of a tyrannosaurid split carina). Mesial: Distal: Cross-section is "figure-of-8" shaped: "Pinch" at base (present on both labial & lingual faces): Sorry again for the sharpness of the photos. My camera is a potato when it gets to macro photos.
  21. Unknown Theropod Tooth - Kem Kem

    Here's my latest (tiny) acquisition from the Kem Kem: Looking at the general morphology and almost 'hooked' shape of the denticles on the distal carina, I'm not sure whether this one fits more as a juvenile carcharodontosaurid, juvenile abelisaurid or would fit closer to the dromaeosaurid-like teeth described here?: Mesial midline denticle count: 9/2mm Distal midline denticle count: 7/2mm Both carinae extend to the base. Distal edge: Mesial edge: Cross section (anterior of tooth facing top): Due to the strong lateral compression & apparent lack of interdental succuli, I would hedge my bets on juvie abelisaur, but those denticles are making me doubt it a bit. Anyone got any thoughts?
  22. Cretolamna sp?

    Hello all, I purchased two small Moroccan shark teeth and would like to nail down their species. I think they are either Cretolamna appendiculata or small Otodus obliquus teeth. Please let me know what you think.
  23. Advice on Drotops Trilobite

    Hello all. I just wanted some advice on this drotops megalomanicus that I am considering adding to my collection. How is the prep work on it? It is 4.25 inches, which I thought was large. Would you go for it if you were me?
  24. Dinosaur foot claw

    Hello! I received this claw today Do you know what dinosaur it can be? The seller assures that the claw is not restored. Foot claw and toe bone (posible from other dinosaur) from Kem Kem (Morocco) 0% restoration, ¿Carcharodontosaurus? Size: claw 6cm, bone 3,5cm Thank you so much!
  25. Redd, N. T. (2019), Earth’s eccentric orbit helped preserve rare soft-tissue fossils, Eos, 100, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EO121853. Published on 26 April 2019. https://eos.org/articles/earths-eccentric-orbit-helped-preserve-rare-soft-tissue-fossils The paper is: Saleh, Farid, Bernard Pittet, Jean-Philippe Perrillat, and Bertrand Lefebvre. "Orbital control on exceptional fossil preservation." Geology 47, no. 2 (2018): 103-106. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329988029_Orbital_control_on_exceptional_fossil_preservation https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bernard_Pittet https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bertrand_Lefebvre2 https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article/47/2/103/567985/orbital-controlon- exceptional-fossil-preservation Yours, Pahl H.
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