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  1. Hello, im new in fossiles collecting, absolute new beginner. I wonder if my fossiles are genuine or fake, i was so proud of my collection but after i learned that there are many fake Moroccan trilobites on sale, i had suspicions. There are some holes in trilobite and some stuff on it, could be glued which is fine because its age matters to me most, it could be glued no problem. I put them under a plastic sheet but if you wish i can take them out to take better pictures.
  2. Hi everyone! Fun story behind these. I bought them when I was about 15 labeled as "Mosasaur Vertebrae". As I've gotten older and (hopefully) more experienced I'm questioning that ID after pulling them out recently. All three are from the Moroccan Phosphates. So what do you all think? I'm leaning towards croc on the third and Elasmosaur on the other two with a slight possibility of the first being really primitive whale, but I'm not sure. Any insight is greatly appreciated as always! Vertebra 1: 49.4 mm long, 52.36 mm tall, 36.54 mm and 34.8 mm wide. one
  3. Meganeura

    Peace River vertebrae

    So I forgot to ask for an ID on this yesterday - but anyone know what kind of vert this is? If you can name the animal even better - but I’m mostly looking for caudal/cervical/lumbar/thoracic, etc. found a few with this same shape but none as nice as this one.
  4. Luke001

    Spinosaurus Vertebrae?

    Bought this fossil recently. Was told it is a Spinosaurus Vertebrae from Oued Zem, Morocco. I'm questioning if it is really from a Spinosaurus since both ends appear to be concave, and I read somewhere that one end should be convex. One end seems to be much more concave than the other, but still doesn't seem right to me. I'm a novice collector, so I was hoping to get some expert opinions. I hope these pictures I took are adequate for some type of identification. Thanks in advance.
  5. Good evening, all. I have the opportunity to acquire this collection of caudal vertebrae. They appear to be from a hadrosaur. However, they have different coloring, so my guess is that they are from different hadrosaurs. Also, two of the pieces were broken and glued, and the glue is apparent. I have the opportunity to purchase it. Thoughts?
  6. This is the last batch of some unidentified fossils that I picked up in an auction - they accompanied a massive whale vertebrae which was the main lot. The other items were teeth (likely Moroccan Cretaceous) and two claws that turned out to be casts. 1 & 2 - two socket bones that I don’t know the physiology of, the larger is about 4” long and 770g 3 - a vertebrae, 750g 4 - a horn-like piece that may or may not be a fossil, the material is such that I can’t see bone or keratin structure 5 - an small, odd-shaped bone fossil 6 - a long vertebrae, very ferrous
  7. prehistoricpeasant

    Pterosaur vertebra?

    Seller says it is probably a pterosaur vertebrae as it is the right size and was found next to a pterosaur tooth. Is it? Found in KemKem Morocco. (Ruler is in CM)
  8. I have found, what I believe to be a fossilised vertebra, and would like any advice on what species it could be and how old it may be. The item was found along a riverbank. It has a surprising weight for it's size - I can record the exact weight with electronic scales within the next 24 hours. The object appears to be of white bone with a red/iron marrow present through the centre. There are crystals in the recesses which sparkle when the light hits it and when it is wet. The top and bottom of the item are very smooth. The specimen has been washed with warm water and a t
  9. J.D.

    Vert - but is it a fossil?

    I found this near Westmoreland State Park in the Potomac. It seems too well preserved to be a fossil. Clearly a vert, but from what?
  10. Fin Lover

    Various shark vertebrae

  11. Tolmanbridge

    Weird Dinosaur Vertebrae?

    Was going through some bags of fossils I found sometime ago in the Morrin Bridge area of Alberta. There were a couple turtle shell fragments, a tip of a dino claw, a hadrosaur tooth and a ray tooth. There was also this weird vertebrae. While it looks like a dino vert. it is only 1 cm in thickness. The dimensions of the vert. are approx. 2 cm x 2 cm x 1cm. I have found lots of dino vert before but the thickness compared to the rest of the vert. don't make sense. Also both sides appear concave, almost like a fish vert. but not as deep. The photos are not the best and, while the condition
  12. Hi everyone! I acquired this vertebrae a little while ago. I'm reasonably certain it's dinosaur and and would greatly appreciate some help narrowing down the ID. It's from the Hell Creek Formation of Powder River County, Montana. The piece is 5 cm tall, 4.7 cm wide, and 2.9 cm long. The centrums are 4.2 x 3.6 cm and 4.4 x 3.7 cm. The bone is really spongy which is best seen in pic 2, the pores are all 1 to 2 mm so I'm kinda leaning toward Theropod (if that has nothing to do with a Theropod ID please correct me). So what do you all think? Any feedback is greatly app
  13. JBkansas

    Edmontosaurus vert

    Picked up a vert, supposedly found in Montana in Hell Creek formation. It's a little crushed but otherwise intact. Any reason to think it's not Edmontosaurus?
  14. JoshuaC

    Dinosaur sacrum vertebra?

    Another piece from the estate that was not labelled as to what it was or where it came from. It is about 56 cm long. Looks like a dinosaur sacrum? Any ideas as to what species it is or where it could have come from? Any help is greatly appreciated!
  15. Blubby the blobfish

    Snake vertebrae on interesting matrix

    I have this really interesting piece in my collection. Got it for what seems like a steal. Its a tiny coil of snake vertebrae but the matrix seems to be some sort of crystal. Has anyone seen anything like this? No similar images come up when searching for snake vertebrae.
  16. Jimbone

    Shark Barf?

    Thoughts on these Mosasaur caudal vertebrae being shark eaten, partially digested and regurgitated? Images from http://oceansofkansas.com/mosapath.html seem to support this. Thanks, Jim
  17. I love a good vertebra. I have a hard time ID'ing some of the ones I find, but I love them nonetheless. It occurred to me that I have a lot of vertebrae laying around. From tiny critters like baby turtles and snakes, to big critters like whales. I was going through my boxes today, looking for something unrelated, and I kept running across vertebrae. So, tomorrow when the lighting is better (it's dark here now and I'm tired), I am going to lay out all of the vertebrae I have found over the years and take a group photo. Before I share my verts, let's see what
  18. Lakefun42069

    ID: Two vertebrae found, lake lavon, tx

    Hello, I found these fossils on the lake shore which is receding pretty far this year. The battery is 65mm in length, for scale. Pretty cool the bigger one has a hole going through the spinal column Thanks
  19. Gilbert

    Fossilized vertebrae

    Hello All, I am new to the forum. I have a few things I would like to post I have found near where I live. These vertebrae I actually found in a house flip a friend of mine did so I am not sure the original location found. I am told they are most likely whale but the weight makes it arguable. The larger of the two weighs about 40lbs. What do you guys think?
  20. Nattywoody

    Bone or stone

    Hi All, I was walking/ hunting around Monmouth on the Jurassic coast in the UK when I came across this item. It's was in a rockpool at low tide and stood out with it's black colouring in amongst the gray and light flint rock. Most fossils I collected that morning were small clam, mussel and devil toenail shells. It looks like it has been damaged in half and inside has very tiny black crystals. I want to say its a similar shape to a vertebrae but it's probably wishful thinking. I would say 10-12cm diameter. Any thoughts on what if anything this could be would be most welcome. Thank you.
  21. I was wondering if anyone can verify the descriptions match the fossils. Second one is a lance creek formation fossil, they believe it to be a partial triceratops skull, it looks like a partial skull but not those of a triceratop?
  22. ConnorR

    Moroccan Mystery Vertebrae

    I was looking through the auction site for the 100th time this week, and saw what are supposed to be Mosasaur vertebrae. Apart from size, they don't look like any Mosasaur verts I've seen. These look more like very large Enchodus verts to me. The slab is 19"x7". I'm not buying them at the moment. I'm just curious as to how correct I am.
  23. Jlorenzen

    Any ideas on this find?

    My brother works at a rock quarry in Eastern Iowa and recently uncovered this fossil in limestone at a depth of 200 feet! It does appear to be hollow. This is a very heavy piece of limestone sitting against the tailgate of a truck for scale. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you!!
  24. FossilScrat

    Crocodile Vert? and what species?

    I have bought this crocodile vert on a fossil show a few months back and i was wondering if someone could identify what species it came from? I'm not even sure if it is a crocodile vert but it looks like one but since the person who i bought it from didn't know much about crocodile bones it could be something else too. it measures 71.6mm long and 52.0mm wide. for Americans its 2.80" long and 2.04" wide. it was apparently found in Morocco in a Paleocene formation but i have no name of the formation and neither of the exact place where it was found ( i know this is probably gonna
  25. Hey guys, I bought some things from a rock and fossil store recently. This bone was said to be a plesiosaur vertebrae but I’m having trouble figuring out if it’s a fake! I noticed some bone pores and matrix and it is heavy. If it is fake, I’m suspecting a cast?
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