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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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):
  5. 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?
  6. 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:
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. Dinosaur bone ID needed

    Hey guys. This is an interesting dinosaur bone, I have no clue what it could be. It’s 25cm and from Morocco. Anyone have an idea? Thanks for the input! Regards
  13. Hi, I was wondering if this tooth could be from a Pliosaur. It is from the Goulmima area in Morocco. It is 8.8cm in length and some of the striations remain near the tip (the size is what makes me think Pliosaur). Thanks.
  14. Recently i purchased this lower pterosaur jaw fragment (23cm in length) and i have been paying it off bit by bit (currently on hold). The seller claims absolutely no work has been done to it though it looks like there has been a repaired crack about one third down the jaw. I wanted to ask whether anyone can see if there has been any work done to it that isn't listed or that i haven't spotted. To me it looks good and looks mostly natural (except maybe the repaired crack). I don't have the fossil yet so i hope the pictures are enough. Thanks in advance.
  15. Hello everybody I would love to hear your thoughts on those two Trilobites from KemKem/Morocco (I can't provide a more specific area). Any red flags visible? I can give more pictures with different angles and details. Just tell me what you need. And again: Thank you for the help First Trilobite in Matrix. Length 6,3 cm (2.48 in) Second Trilobite rolling around without Matrix Length 3,5 cm (1.38 in)
  16. Mystery Goniatites from Morocco

    I recently bought some small hematized goniatites from Morocco. They are each under 25mm and fully hematized. The two on the right look to be the same species, while the left specimen is wider in girth and has simpler sutures. They are probably too worn to have distinctive keels, but I've posted a photo of the keels anyway. Any thoughts on identification? I wasn't able to find a good source online for identifying goniatites to family or genus. Thank you for your help!
  17. paleoichthyology:the piscine epidermis

    offthescale Histology of ganoid scales from the early Late Cretaceous of the Kem Kem beds, SE Morocco: systematic and evolutionary implications François J. Meunier, René-Paul Eustache , Didier Dutheil & Lionel Cavin Cybium,2016/40(2) "Lepidotes" pankowskii is renamed Note: fig 1 is the only figure dedicated to the macroscopic(naked eye) aspect of the scales. The "histology" in the tags is a dead giveaway where the emphasis lies..
  18. hoffmanni tooth or beaugei tooth ?

    I bought this tooth as Mosasaurus hoffmanni on internet site. Size: 2,32 inch Location: Oued Zem, Morocco Formation: Ouled Abdoun Basin (Phosphate beds) Is it really hoffmanni ? or beaugei ?
  19. Laevitomaria sp. (Conti & Szabo 1987)

    From the album Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    3x3.5cm. Complete with selenizone (Slitband) Late Toarcian From Zaouiat Cheikh Tadla Azilal Province Morocco
  20. Help Identifying Bones From Morocco

    Hello. I was wanted help identifying some bones in matrix. The seller claims they are from Morocco, and that they are from mosasaurus or spinosaurus (I am doubtful of this). I was hoping you could share some insight as to what you think they are from? Thank you all!
  21. Lusitanichthys africanus

    From the album Fossildude's Purchased/Gift Fossils

    Herring Lusitanichthys africanus (Cavin, 1999) Upper Cretaceous Period - Cenomanian Stage (93-100 million years old) (Akrabou Formation, Gara es Sbâa, Agoult), Daoura Kem Kem Basin, Morocco, Africa 37 mm L 8 mm W

    © 2019 T. Jones

  22. Kem Kem bone - What is this?

    Hi I am staring at this fossil from the Kem Kem beds and I cannot figure out what I am looking at. Could this be a piece of a skull? These are the only pictures I have (no straight views, sorry)
  23. Day Two ; Locality Two (or Seven if you include Day One) Prepping and Retail, Erfoud, Morocco. 20th February 2019 Erfoud town itself is famous for its beautiful fossils, its skilled fossil preppers and also for its wide variety of fakes, composites, good and bad repair jobs and utter frankenfossils. A large percentage of fossils from Morocco that are available in shops and on the internet the world over originate from here or pass through the place. Fossils are sent here for prepping from all over the south and then sent from here everywhere in the country and abroad. There are many little shops, prepping centres with huge attached shops and 'museums which are really pretty much just shops as well. Top Tip :The prices here are about ten times the price of the prices in the little shacks on the edge of town or elsewhere in Morocco, but haggling can reduce the cost significantly. Many places have 'fixed' prices, but they're actually always negotiable. This time, we went to the one my friend Anouar, who is a tour guide, takes his tourists and I was asked politely not to accuse the owners and chap who'd show us around and do the chat, of having fakes or wrong info, so i had to bite my lip. We asked if it was okay to take photos and they said yes, which I was surprised about, but I guess it was because Anouar was going to use photos for his own purposes and this would involve advertising the shop. Top Tip : You will see a lot of fixed prices in Moroccan Dirham in the pieces and shelves. Divide by ten to have a price in US dollars. Because we were with Anouar, we were told everything is 50% of the marked price, but I suspect they often do this anyway, "Special Berber prices, today only". I've heard that before. And you can still haggle to get something way under that 50% and you just know they'll still be making a good profit. I didn't buy anything. Little local stores are more my line anyway - I rarely shop in supermarkets. Here is the entrance where you can see huge plates ready for prepping and polishing, some have been cut into pieces and they glued back together it seems to me, I know this happens with the crinoid beds, so i guess it's true of the orthocerid and goniatite stuff too. Some just look cobbled together because of the circular saw marks when cutting out upper layers.With these, polishing will remove the grid lines. These sheets are from the local area and contain the goniatites and orthoconic nautiloids we were walking on earlier, but from a better quality, less eroded and distorted source. Famennian, Upper Devonian, I think. This photo shows one of the trenches they dig to reach the best quality material, similar to the ones i was walking along earlier this day : Below, somebody walking on the slabs and some maps of the the world at different times in it's past, showing continental drift. : Notice these are not the famous black orthocerid marbles that come from elsewhere. The picture of Spinosaurus is a bit misleading, as you all know, it's not found in these marbles or in the Erfoud area. In fact there is very little Kem Kem material available here these days, though there was in the past. I suspect the Kem Kem area probably has it's own facillities nowadays.
  24. Leonaspis sp.

    From the album Trilobites

    Jebel Issoumour Alnif, Morocco

    © 2018 by Jay A. Wollin

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