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  1. So i have a small fossil collection and i want to learn how to study teeth and their anatomy the teeth i already have are from spinosaurus, mosasaur, carcharodontosaurus and megalodon if anyone could help me learn how to do it i would be really thankful. 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. hafa adai, I'd really like to buy one or two of those detailed trilobites with spines, appendages and all, either Russian or Moroccan. I see prices all over the map, and have observed a few really bad fakes. I'm sure that there are also a lot of really good fakes (hence the wild price differences). Can anyone recommend a checklist/things to look for and/or a reputable dealer (preferably one that doesn't charge mortgage-level prices)? I don't want to keep bothering folks with repeated queries of Is this one good?" "How about this one?" I've read a number of posts in this form, and they tend to refer to individual specimens. I"m looking more for something that I can save to my HD and refer to while I"m shopping online. thank you in advance, hemi
  4. 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!
  5. Was Spinosaurus a crocodile ?

    So i recently visited this forum and i read somewhere that we haven't yet discovered spinosaurus legs and its appearance regarding its feet and legs may be just speculation. The argument that was made was whether spinosaurus was a species of crocodile rather than a dinosaur because he may had small legs. So could that be the case?
  6. 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
  7. 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:
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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?
  11. 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.**
  12. 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!
  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. 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):
  15. 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
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. Igdamanosaurus aegyptiacus (Zdansky 1935)

    From the album Vertebrates (other than fish)

    3.5x2.3m. Tooth Maastrichtian Late Cretaceous From Oued-Zem, Morocco Otherwise known all over the internet as Globidens aegyptiacus, but this was revised by Lingham-Soliar back in 1991.
  19. 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?
  20. Morocco Trips and Tips

    A series of links to my various locations visited February 2019 1. Ifrane http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/93193-ifrane-middle-atlas-morocco/ne 2. Azrou http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/93256-azrou-middle-atlas-morocco/ 3. Midelt http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/93271-midelt-high-plains-morocco/ 4. Tizi N'Talghaumt http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/93325-tizi-ntalghaumt-pass-high-atlas-morocco/ 5 Merzouga .http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/93362-merzouga-sahara-morocco/ 6. Erfoud location http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/93407-black-sahara-erfoud-morocco/ 7. Erfoud shops http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/93823-fossil-shops-erfoud-morocco/ 8. Ait Ben Haddou http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/94222-ait-benhaddou-sub-sahara-morocco/ 9. Tizi n'Tichka http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/94803-tizi-ntichka-pass-high-atlas-morocco/ 10 Marrakech. I didn't get any photos of the fossils for sale in Marrakech. The Marrakech area doesn't produce any fossils itself, or at least not of any commercial value so all the fossils are brought in from elsewhere in the country. There are some beautiful specimens but also many composites and out and out fakes. Top Tip : Don't but any fossils in Marrakech unless you are very wealthy, can't resist a specimen whatever the price or aren't visiting anywhere else. Marrakech is the tourist capital of Morocco, home to the rich and famous and prices reflect this even after a good haggle, especially as the fossils aren't local so transportation costs and middle men are usually involved. Everywhere else is cheaper than Marrakech in my experience so i have never purchased a fossil there. But as I say, there are excellent pieces and some honest traders as well, so it's up to you, of course.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  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 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
  25. 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!
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