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  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Jurassic vertebrae identification

    Ok so have recently arrived back from Morocco a good friend over there said he would meet up with me in goulmima and which we spent a good number of days breaking open rocks finding ammonites fish remains gastropods reptiles all good stuff and was beautiful camping out there, but I am shifting topic here. I made a contact last time regarding jurassic fossil remains so this time I divulged from the usual kem kem beds (however ended up digging them in a lesser known location close to goulmima) when I arrived there a ton of jurassic bones where present some easily identifiable as sauropod vertebrae, femur ( yes absolutely massive) digit 1 claw but two vertebrae I purchased where not associated with any of the other finds and I am needing a little help. The first one and pictures attached in this section are one I am currently prepping the process section is elongated after the neural spine canal and is approximately 1.3 times the size of the Centrum with one side being slightly concave and the other being flat. Again it might be hard to see the bone as this is being prepped now currently but to my eyes has similarities to a stegosaurus vertebrae. This vert I believe to be dorsal is 10.5 inches tall the centrum at it's largest point is 4.2 inches wide and the depth would be 4
  6. 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?
  7. Can anybody tell what this vertebra is from? I believe it's from Kem Kem. *would this be a rib cage vert?
  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. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Moroccan Mosasaurs

    hy mosasaurs lovers i looked around on differents americans fossils web sites , and i found ,is nowhere a description or list about different species of mosasaurs from morocco . so I'll try humbly to fix it . feel free to correct me if you see something wrong. the moroccan phosphate history began in 1921 , Moroccan phosphate mines operate three layers of phosphates ,. level 1 : ypresian phosphate bed level 2 : thanetian phosphate bed level 3 ; maestrichian phosphate bed level 4 ; maestrichian grey phosphate only at sidi-chenan quarry most of the material on a market belong to oued zem and sidi -daoui zone , even you will finding them under khouribga denomination, nothing come from khouribga... of courses , mosasaurs belong to the level 3.and 4 different species are studied by scientists of the French Museum of Natural History in Paris . today the last record of different mosasaurs species is at list 18 and probably 20. (personal opinion ) listed like below : †Halisaurus. arambourgi .(Bardet, Pereda Suberbiola, Iarochène, Bouya & Amaghzaz, 2005) †Halisaurus.sp not described yet †Halisaurus walkeri .(Lingham-Solier, 1998) ( i used this name temporarily, until one studie about this mosasaur show-up ) †Prognathodon sp Dollo, 1889 †Prognathodon anceps ex leiodon anceps slender form massive form perhaps sexual dimorphism ( personal opinion ) †Prognathodon solvay Dollo, 1889 †prognathodon hudae kaddumi 2009 †Prognathodon. currii (Christiansen & Bonde, 2002) †Eremiasaurus heterodontus , gen. et sp. nov sp ( AR. H. LeBlanc, M. W. Caldwell, and N. Bardet. 2012) †“Mosasaurus" baugei Arambourg 1954 ( Mosasaurus beaugei Arambourg, 1952 (Squamata, Mosasauridae) from the Late Cretaceous phosphates of Morocco Nathalie Bardet , Xabier Pereda Suberbiola , Mohamed Iarochene , Fatima Bouyahyaoui , Baadi Bouya , Mbarek Amaghzaz . 2004 ) †Mosasaurus hoffmanni Mantell, 1829 †Tylosaurus Marsh, 1872 slender form like tylosaurus proriger massive form like hainosaurus personal constatation †Platecarpus ptychodon Arambourg 1954 †Globidens. phosphaticus (Bardet, Pereda Suberbiola, Iarochène, Amalik & Bouya, 2005) †carinodens belgicus ( N. Bardet, X. Pereda Suberbiola, M. Iarochène, M. Amalik, and B. Bouya. 2005) †carinodens minalmamar. (A.S. Schulp, N. Bardet& B. Bouya. 2009) †harranasaurus khuludae. (kaddumi.2009) †Globidens simplex(LeBlanc, Aaron. (2019)
  16. 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.
  17. 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)
  18. 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!
  19. 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..
  20. 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 ?
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. 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

  24. 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)
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