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Found 11 results

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I bought this out of curiosity and because I think it's rather beautiful. It was sold as a bryozoan which it clearly isn't though you can see why it was. It seems to be a diploporitan echinoderm, showing internal structure of plates (humatipores) and a small area of the external layer with diplopores. The location is given as Tafilalet region, Erfoud area, Anti-Atlas Mountains. My questions are: 1) is it Devonian (as sold) or perhaps Ordovician? Both are possible for the area - I've read that Devonian diploporitans occur in Morocco. These would be sphaeronitidae - the only group to survive into the Devonian. 2) Has anyone come across anything similar from Morocco, or indeed elsewhere, and can you narrow down the ID? Back surface, showing that it consists of articulated plates (these are the same plates as the other side, it's not a compressed hollow specimen). patch of diplopores: Ramifying humatipore respiratory structures: Closeup of plates showing pustular ornament:
  5. Prionoceras sp.

    Personally collected, April 2017.
  6. Trilobite ID

    Dear TFF, This trilobite ( max. 36 mm) is probably from Erfoud area, Morocco. I believe it will be recognisedby our Trilobita experts. Thank you very much.
  7. Hi. I saw this nice trilobite online and I was wondering If it was real. I can see details on the eyes,a good sign. What specie could it be? What do you think?Here are some pictures. Thanks so much. Regards.
  8. traces track trilobite?

    Hey guys, I came across some plate from Morocco with track .. but is it? 80 cm long. I have no clue
  9. Nautilus ID

    Trying to find a definitive identification for this nautiloid? Anyone know of any science-based paper online to refer to the Ma'der region of Morocco during this period of time and the cephalopod fauna? Any info appreciated. Devonian section in the Tafilalt, Ma'der region, Anti-Atlas, Morocco. (Clymenia genus ammonoid? do they get this large and the chamber/whorls are very similar to nautiloids)
  10. Trilobite and Crinoid Purchase

    Hello Fossil Forum! First time post but been a reader for a while now. I just got back from my honeymoon in Morocco and of course along the way stopped in Erfoud to look at fossils. We went specifically to Macro Fossiles Kasbah where they had a huge selection of fossils and fossils-turned-into-home-goods (sinks, table-tops, etc.). There were huge sheets of fossils, a cutting and polishing area, etc. It seemed legit and I was walking around with the owner for an hour, Raffa, whose dad had owned the place since the 70s. He was very enthusiastic when I showed interest and had a (very rough compared to this forum) knowledge of what we were looking at. At any rate, I picked up two pieces that I would love your opinions on. Both from a specific-identification perspective and a quality / validity perspective. Obviously we have one trilobite and one crinoid. From my eyes I can tell the Crinoid is a composite of what seems to be a few pieces with a bit of filler in there. Not ideal but I love that it's one animal in focus for a smaller piece like this. The stone you see is 14" tall. The spiny trilobite he kept in his office and only showed me after a longer conversation. I believe it to be real and a fairly good example considering its age. The stone you see is 10" tall. Would love opinions on specific species and thoughts on the prep quality. Plan on mounting these vertically in custom frames for a larger specimen wall and hope I made a couple wise purchases! Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
  11. Mucronaspis doubt

    Mucronaspis sp. or Mucronaspis zagoraensis? Thanks in advance Miguel
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