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  1. I watched a show on PBS last night, "When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time." I just happened to notice it on the guide about 45 minutes before it was on. It is actually about more than the evolution of whales, the group having four-footed Early Eocene ancestors. There is a long segment roughly twenty minutes long each on crocodilians, birds, whales, and elephants. I thought it was a good show overall with interviews of researchers I know from their technical articles ( Hans-Dieter Sues, Philip Gingerich, Emmanel Gheerbrant, Christian de Muizon). However, each segment was also a little light on content for the topic and one was especially unclear. The one on birds made it appear that Deinonychus was an ancestor of later birds. They should have showed a chart showing when it lived in the Cretaceous with Archaeopteryx and the Liaoning birds millions of years before. There was a quick view of a family tree that seemed to illustrate that but it went by in a second or two. The segment on whales showed a lot of footage of modern whales and some great background on the "first whale," Pakicetus, but it didn't show any of the whales described in the past twenty years. It just mentioned that there had been recent discoveries. I thought there should have been at least a quick look at Ambulocetus and a few of the increasingly more marine-adapted forms that lived before Basilosaurus. They pretty much jumped from Pakicetus to Basilosaurus to the divergence of toothed and baleen whales. I think they could have spent the two hours just on the whales just as the title of the show led me to believe. I liked the segment on elephants because just as I was expecting the show to skip the earliest known members of the group, they go to Morocco and then talk to Emmanuel Gheerbrant who described Phosphatherium, the first probiscidean, which is known from the same early Eocene phosphate layer as a lot of the shark teeth we see at shows are from. Other extinct forms were descussed as well. Here's a link that takes to an online notice and website: https://www.pbs.org/show/when-whales-walked-journeys-deep-time/ Jess
  2. Hi! I made a small visit to the Natural History Museum in Maastricht today to visit the new small exhibition named "Whale: Locality Maastricht" which centers around some Eocene whale bones from an undescribed whale found in the ENCI quarry in Maastricht. The exhibition explores further into the evolution of whales, it's a small exhibition but worth a visit if you haven't seen the museum or if you are really interested in whale evolution. Should any of our Dutch, Belgian & German members decide to visit (or international members who are in the area), then you should really grab a copy of the exhibition book. It is really cool and informative, it's only €2,50 but 125 pages long (both in dutch & english) and it covers the evolution of whales, the ENCI whale, modern whales & their biology and about whaling and whales in human history & myth. The exhibition book alone is well worth the visit in my opinion, I kinda compare it with the EOS magazine about Iguanodons & the book "Mammoths: ice age giants by Adrian Lister" but then about whales. So here are the photo's I made of the exhibition. The Exhibition Room: left: Metepocetus sp. neurocranium with preserved ear bones from Liessel in the Netherlands (Miocene) Right: Isoluted vertebrae of various whale species from Liessel in the Netherlands (Miocene) Isolated vertebrae of Eocene primordial whales (Archaeoceti) dredged from the buttom of the North Sea, for comparison with those of the "ENCI whale" Isolated vertebrae of Eocene primordial whales (Archaeoceti) dredged from the buttom of the North Sea, for comparison with those of the "ENCI whale" Smallest jaw: possibly Dorudon sp. from the late Eocene of Ad Dakhla in Morocco. Bigger jaw: possibly Pappocetus lugardi, from the middle Eocene of Ben Gueran in Morocco.
  3. Hi. I’d appreciate some opinions on this Basilosaurus tooth? It’s a beautiful specimen but something feels off. I know it’s repaired. This is currently for sale in Edmonton Alberta. Annual show. I’ve obscured the prices as per forum rules? @Troodon@Boesse@Tidgy's Dad@Andy
  4. Hi everyone, Im looking at a bunch of stuff that someone got from the big fossil expo this month, but I want to be sure of what is what before I do anything. There's a few things way beyond what I could potentially get, but I'm just curious about in general. These are all Moroccan, and most, if not all, are Kem Kem. are these first 4 pics spinosaur? With the teeth I know the 2 on the top&left are probably carchar teeth, but I'm wondering about the other 2. In the 2nd picture, I'm guessing the right one is a spinosaur vert, right? What about the other one? I'm sure it would probably be very hard to tell with just a single rib, but could the rib be spinosaurus? It seems to match some museum spino skeleton ribs, but that's the best I can figure out:/
  5. Largest basilosaurus tooth

    Does anyone know how large basilosaurus canines can get? I don't know if they're all technically canine teeth, but I'm referring to the 4 to 5 single-point front teeth. Crown & root together.
  6. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2019/01/09/basilosaurus/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A DiscoverHumanOrigins (Discover Human Origins)
  7. Basilosaurus molar still attached

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    Basilosaurus isis molar(one side serrated, the other side smooth)still embedded in a small piece of jaw bone. sadly I don't have any information about the fossil other than it is B.isis, and was found in Egypt.
  8. I purchased a unsightly Franken-Basilosaurus tooth a few weeks ago for pretty cheap. Seeing as though i don't have $400-700+ to spend on a nice basilosaurus tooth i saw potential and a fun project in this cheap ugly duckling. Yes, it's Moroccan. It came with the typical glue/sand mix covering it, filling all cracks, voids and roughing out transitions of deceptive franken composites. How it came: Ok, first things first. Clean it. I used acetone, a razor, a needle, a tooth brush and my engraver. Hours of delicate work later i finally see what i'm working with. After cleaning: Yeesh, this might be more work than i thought...... And someone composited a incisor or canine tooth tip on the top of my premolar!! Bwahahaha!! Ok, composites need to go. Bye, bye Next i noticed this was not lined up correctly when it was glued back together. So i grab my trusty dremel tool and proceed to carefully saw this baby in half. Then i removed most of the epoxy/sand glue from each side. Continued.........
  9. Basilosaurus? Zygorhiza?

    Any ideas? These are the only 4 pictures. I don't know if the back was lost pre or post fossilization.
  10. Hello. I'm currently working on a basilosaurus sketch as a project. The sketch is based off of Basilosaurus cetoides. I wanted to add a few fish to liven up the whole drawing, but I'm not familiar with late Eocene fish from the U.S. east coast. Would anyone be able to help me out?
  11. American basilosaurus

    American basilosaurus fossils were so common they started making furniture out of their bones. So why do they not show up anywhere???? It's only the African ones around. Anyone know anything about that furniture? And what happened to all the American basils??? *weird little factoid I think is cool. They're not 100% sure basilosaurus had a tail fluke/fin at all. I think its safe to say they definitely did, but there's never been any actual proof. No signs of a fluke have ever been found. again, I don't believe for a moment that they didn't have a tail fluke, I just think it's interesting to imagine them without. there aren't many animals that would look as natural with just a long tapering tail as basil.
  12. I've found a couple of listings of archaeocete teeth frags from Harleyville, South Carolina on a fossil seller. I know that Basilosaurus cetoides, Zygorhiza kochii, and Dorudon serratus all exist in this area, with a couple of examples of all three having been found there (now in Charleston Museum collection). However, is there a way to differentiate between them when it comes to teeth, specifically incisors? Some images of the listings are below. First tooth measures 2.6 inches. Second tooth measures 2.2 inches, but is a frag so I imagine that it may be much bigger if restored. Third tooth measures 3.75 inches.
  13. Hello, I was wondering if this tooth, is a composite of two teeth. What do you think?
  14. Tooth for ID. Basilosaurus?

    I saw this tooth on an auction site for relatively cheap. Do you know what it is from? The tooth is from Dakhla, near Morocco. I was thinking Basilosaurus.Any thoughts? Worth considering? What do you think?
  15. Basilosauridae Premolar

    From the album Marine Mammals

    Basilosauridae ident. Lower P2 Premolar Found in Dakhla, Morocco Dated Bartonian Stage of Eocene (≈40 mya) Measures 5.715 cm (2.25 inches)
  16. Basilosaurus Tooth?

    Any opinions on this tooth? Found in Yazoo County, Mississippi. It was found in a small creek approximately 1/2 mile into the hills from the delta. It measures 2 & 3/4" in length.
  17. Help

    Hi my son found this in some limestone near St Stevens Alabama we were wondering if someone could possibly help with the ID I know that it isn't complete but that is all that we could find of it thank you for any help
  18. Starnes, J. E., 2017, Excavation of a Fossil Whale Skeleton by MDEQ in Scott County. Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Environmental News. vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 1-3. https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/pdf/Main_06_2017externaljune2017newsletter/$File/externaljune.pdf?OpenElement https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/page/Main_NewsletterArchive?OpenDocument Related Publications are: Johnston, J. E., 1991, Fossil Whale State Fossil of Mississippi. Office of Geology, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Pamphlet no. 3 https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/pdf/Geology_Pamphlet3FOSSILWHALEStateFossilofMississippi/$File/Pamphlet 3.pdf?OpenElement Daly, E., 1992, A List, Bibliography And Index Of The Fossil Vertebrates Of Mississippi. Office Of Geology, Mississippi Department Of Environmental Quality, Bulletin 128. https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/page/Geology_Bulletin128-AList,BibliographyAndIndexOfTheFossilVertebratesOfMississippi?OpenDocument https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/pdf/Geology_Bulletin128-AListBibliographyAndIndexOfTheFossilVertebratesOfMississippi/$File/Bulletin 128.pdf?OpenElement Dockery, D. T. III, and K. Lightsey, 1997, Windows Into Mississippi’s Geological Past. Circular no. 6, Mississippi Office of Geology, Jackson, Mississippi. 68 pp. https://www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/page/Geology_Circular-WindowsIntoMississippi’sGeologicalPast?OpenDocument http://www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/pdf/Geology_Circular-WindowsIntoMississippi’sGeologicalPast/$File/Circular 6.pdf Frazier, M. K. 1980. Archaeocetes: whale-like mammals from the Eocene of Mississippi. Mississippi Geology 1:1-3. https://www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/pdf/Geology_Volume1Number2December1980/$File/Vol_1_2.pdf?OpenElement Uhen, M. D., 2008., Bibliography of Archaeocete Cetaceans https://paleobiology.si.edu/pdfs/archaeocete_bibliography.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  19. So my archaeocete tooth arrived early. Now that I actually got my hands on it, I want to see exactly what species it is. The seller simply said that it was a basilosaurus tooth, which was said to be found simply in Morocco (I unfortunately cannot recheck exactly where since the item's info closed once I bought it, but I know for sure it's somewhere in Morocco. Front Back Scale The tooth is pretty small, about 2 1/4 inches, and is probably a front premolar (according to my understandings based on some basilosaurid jaws). I've heard somewhere in these forums that usually if there is a chance for a tooth to be Basilosaurus isis if it was 10+cm and found in Morocco, but he might be applying this only to incisors and canines, and this is a premolar/molar. Juvenile isis? Zygorhiza? Dorudon?
  20. Hi all. I am currently looking for a genuine Basilosaurus tooth. Problem is, the market is too heavily saturated with other Archaeocetes like Dorudon or Zygorhiza. As far as I understand, if a tooth comes from Western Sahara of Morocco, and is over 10cm in length including root, there's a chance it could be cf. Basilosaurus isis. Here I have several candidates. Tooth A - 6 inches in length Tooth B - 5.5 inches in length Tooth C and D - 6 inches along the curve Is there any way I can positively ID out a Basilosaurus tooth? Do any of these 4 teeth look like one?
  21. Tooth Found at Copenhagen, Louisiana

    I found this tooth 1 year ago in the Copenhagen Community of Louisiana (Northeast Louisiana). My family settled in that area around 150 years ago... There is now a Copenhagen Hills Preserve area with many archeological digs there from the local universities. Kind of funny because the settlers there were using rib bones, etc as door stops... My brothers and I wonder the hills when I'm there to visit with many small bones, large pieces of quartz, and an occasional rib bone, ray teeth, seashells, and now this tooth being found. Most of the time we find these things just laying around on the ground or in a creek bed. It is noted that this is probably an Eocene time period....it is known that bones of Basilosaurus have been located in the hills..along with bones of rays. This site will give you a little inkling of what Copenhagen is like. The p http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/louisiana/placesweprotect/copenhagen-hills-preserve.xml Any help in identifying would be appreciated. Measures 3 1/2 " in length, 3" in width, 1 1/2" in depth. Thanks again!
  22. Anyone here know what a restoration job on this guy would likely cost? If I get the chipped enamel restored and the two roots restored to its full length, so it looks something like this: Although, personally, I think restoring the enamel only on the good side will be fine, since the backside I will probably not display it so it matters little. How much would it likely cost me to have such a job done? And anyone you would recommend, if I were to go for it? A ball park estimate would be ok, I am interested in the idea but haven't decided to go for it yet or not. Would probably be able to make decision if I know the full extent of its difficulty, complexity, risks and cost, I guess. Since it would mean I would likely have to ship it to the restorer abroad and its way back trip as well. Anyhow, thx for any info and recommendation you can give me
  23. Some Preparations And Some Bases

    Hello everyone, I would like to present some preparations and display A. Basilosaurus (Eocene age - South Morocco) 1. Preparation 2. Display
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