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  1. Hello. Good afternoon to all of my favorite forum! Today a seller living in Morocco (Kem Kem) offered me these two claws of Dinosaurs. Are they real? Any likely candidates? Claw Nº 01 : ===================================== ===================================== Claw Nº 02 : @Troodon @LordTrilobite
  2. ID needed for shelled organism

    A friend had given me a pack of small fossils from Morocco as a gift. And while other shells were clearly just snails. This one not only is larger despite not being complete but to be honest. Just doesn’t look like it could be a snail, or at least the same species. If you can figure out what it is, much thanks.
  3. Just a quick note to be careful when buying Mosasaur skulls. I know that this particular specimen may look incredibly convincing, but read on. This is clearly one of the most impressive skulls ever to have come onto the market. Indeed, the seller believes it to be worth $6,500 and describes it as 'museum quality'. I immediately recognised that this must be a new species. A careful, scientific examination of the photographs revealed that this animal had incredibly wide eyes, and a bone structure entirely unknown to science. Obviously this is a very rare find, and I immediately took steps to remortgage my home to secure the purchase of this remarkable animal. However, I had gotten as far as drawing a life-restoration of this creature (below) to include with my scientific paper describing this new specimen, when I began to have my doubts. Artist's reconstruction Firstly, the fact that the skull was clearly cobbled together from lumps of modern bone, sand and glue began to ring alarm bells with me. I am very astute, and my trained senses told me that an animal would be unlikely to evolve in such a way. Secondly, the fact that the surfaces were all flat and appeared to be almost two-dimensional, and that the whole thing was clearly rubbish, clued me in that all was not as it seemed. I'm thankful that my superior fossil know-how prevented me from buying a dud. On the plus side, the verts look like they might be real marine reptile, as are the crowns of course, which makes the $200 starting bid a bit easier to swallow.
  4. Please, all opinions are welcome! In my bone box, I will have hit in my calculations this time? This time I'm pretty confident, because there's not a lot of other things it can be, besides the perfect morphology and hollow bone wall. I feel confident enough to call this of Thalassodromidae pterosaur undetermined. Do you agree with my ID? @Troodon @LordTrilobite
  5. Some members want me to share more trilobites so i do 1- Name : kolihapeltis 2- Name : Drotops armatus 3- Name : Phacops
  6. my beautiful Trilobite from Morocco.It is named CERATONURUS.
  7. Fossil Export Laws - Morocco

    Hi guys, There are obviously a lot of fossils (shark teeth, etc.) in the US and elsewhere from Morocco. So I always assumed that they must have left Morocco legally. But I recently heard that exporting fossils is technically illegal in Morocco, just isn't enforced (except for scientifically significant finds) since it's important economically to a lot of poor people in the country. Can anyone confirm this, and if so, has this always been the case? Thanks.
  8. Prognathodon Tooth from Morocco

    From the album My Fossils

    I found this tooth from Morocco I’m a shop in Portugal. While the root could be faked in someway. The actual tooth, is real. I did a post on this before but I took much clearer images for the ID for this later on. I decided to repost with these images.
  9. What specific species of Mosasaur does this tooth come from?

    Currently my fossil collection is made of mostly many smaller sea fossils (if anyone wants to see those as well just ask) My biggest part of it is this Mosasaur tooth that I got in Portuagal. Apparently and not too surprisingly, it was found in Morocco and I'm just wondering if anyone knows the possible species of Mosasaur this could be. Plus one other question. I've been looking for fossils specifically Dino fossils and UKGE seems like a good place to get them but I wanted to ask if the website is safe and trustworthy so, is it? And my final word on the Mosasaur, if you want me to show more images on it for whatever reason, go ahead and ask.
  10. IMG_8100.JPG

    From the album My Collection Moroccan trilobites

    NAME: Dicranurus Monstrosus SIZE: 9cm wide x 8cm long AGE: Lower Devonian ORIGIN: Alnif, Morocco This is beautiful very high quality Trilobite from Morocco. :)
  11. IMG_8100.JPG

    From the album My Collection Moroccan trilobites

    NAME: Dicranurus Monstrosus SIZE: 9cm wide x 8cm long AGE: Lower Devonian ORIGIN: Alnif, Morocco This is beautiful very high quality Trilobite from Morocco. :)
  12. IMG_8100.JPG

    From the album My Collection Moroccan trilobites

    NAME: Dicranurus Monstrosus SIZE: 9cm wide x 8cm long AGE: Lower Devonian ORIGIN: Alnif, Morocco This is beautiful very high quality Trilobite from Morocco. :)
  13. MOROCCAN DINOSAUR TAIL AUCTION

    From Morocco World News. https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/01/238640/moroccan-dinosaur-tail-auctioned-mexico-rebuilding-mexican-schools/
  14. Some dinosaur fossil ID

    I have recently purchased several interesting dinosaur specimens. They haven't arrived yet, but I have the pictures. Any comments on the IDs I have would be very appreciated. 1. Tenontosaurus caudal vertebra with bite marks. These bite marks actually look like bite marks, but I am not sure. Maybe they are from something big, like Acrocanthosaurus, that is know from Cloverly fm? Is it actually an ornithopod vertebra?
  15. Hello guys and gals, I greatly appreciate this forum and thanks for welcoming me. I have a set of 4 teeth that I only know that are from Florida. I’m thinking Carcharias but I’m a noob so I’m not confident. As far as the crinoids, I got them as a “gift” after purchasing a tooth from a dealer. All he knew is they were crinoids from Dakhla, Morocco. I’m guessing Pennsylvanian? Any information would be awesome. Thanks guys/gals
  16. Declivolithus

    From the album Trilobites

    Taxonomy: Declivolithus ?alfredi Age: Ordovician Location: Morocco Source: Purchased
  17. Hi there, im thinking of purchasing this nice Walliserops trilobite. Just want to make sure that it is real. I know the photos aren’t very clear, but those were what the seller provided. thank you! Jojo
  18. small dinosaur teeth from Morocco

    Hi again! I was the lucky winner of Lot A in the Grand Christmas Auction, and it included four teeth from Morocco. I know pretty much nothing about dinosaurs and Morocco material, so I was hoping to get your input: Specimen #1: serrations are present Specimen #2: serrations are not present continued in next post...
  19. My Kem Kem Tooth Collection

    I just acquired some new specimens in my Moroccan Kem Kem dinosaur and reptile tooth collection. Thought i'd show you guys the lot. They are all from the Kem Kem/Tegana Formation near Taouz, Morocco. As you can see i love collecting dinosaur and reptile teeth from this area! The larger ones are incredibly rare and virtually non-existant at the formation nowadays. I'm quite proud of them! What do you guys think? P.S- that "Ankylosaur" tooth was infact looked at by Robert Bakker. He thinks it is from an Ankylosaur, which is ultra rare because no Ankylosaurs are known from the formation yet!
  20. Is this a Moroccan raptor tooth?

    I just acquired what I believe to be a dromaeosaurid indet. sp. from the Kem Kem Beds. The tooth measures 19.5 mm long. Serration count on the mid for distal is 14/5mm, and mesial is 20/5mm This tooth is blade-like, and resembles my other raptor teeth. However, Moroccan teeth are often misidentified, so I would like your input.
  21. Dyrosaurus jaw

    From the album Dinosaurs and Reptiles

  22. Hi guys! I've got this from my parents as gift and i'm not quite sure what type of shark is this.I only know that the teeths are from Morocco,but i'm not sure that this is Otodus Obliquus.Help would be nice.
  23. Updated 11/7/17 Although a lot of this has already been posted on a number of topics, I thought consolidation it might prove useful with some additional information. If you're planning to purchase theropod teeth from Morocco's Kem Kem Beds or already have some in your collection check this out. Moroccan theropods are poorly understood and not a lot has been published. Very few articulated skeletons have been found and most are partial and without a skull. There is also lots of mis-information, mostly unintentional, from some dealers but especially online auction sites. Unfortunately these are the most misidentified commercially sold dinosaur fossil around. Please post your interest here on the forum before you buy. Background: The Kem Kem Beds also known as the ‘‘Continental Intercalaire’’ or "Continental Red Beds" is composed of three formations: Akrabou, Aoufous and Ifezouane Formation. The latter two are the dinosaur producing sediments with the Ifezouane being the principal one. They are Cenomanian in age. The attached drawing gives a representation how they lay. The distribution of the different groups of fossils in the Ifezouane Formation can been see in the pie chart below. Dinosaurs make up a small percentage of what is collected. So first lets identify what is known to the best of my knowledge. Theropods that have been described across North Africa (focus on large bodied theropods) Theropods that have been described in Kem Kem: (family) Spinosaurus aegyptiacus * (Spinosaurid) *Some paleontologist believe this species is unique to Egypt and Kem Kem material should be identified as Spinosauid indet. Lots of questions exist over Ibrahim (2014) diagnosis which validated this species. Carcharodontosaurus saharicus (Carcharodontosaurid) Deltadromeus agilis (Neovenatorid) Sigilmassasaurus brevicollis (Spinosaurid) Sauroniops pachytholus (Carcharodontosaurid) Theropods that have not been described from the Kem Kem but isolated teeth exist and have been reflected in scientific papers: Dromaeosaurid sp.? Hendrickx suggested these are actually Noasaurid indet. Abelisaurid indet. Theropod teeth that are sold commercially but no scientific evidence yet to link them to the Kem Kem: Abelisaurus sp. (Not described from North Africa) Rugops sp. (Only described from Niger) Bahariasaurus sp. (Only described from Egypt) Elaphrosaurus sp. (From Jurassic of Tanzania) So what is being sold and what are the issues? Spinosaurid Teeth are well understood by both collector and dealers, see photo. Issues are typically associated with restoration and compositing a larger tooth from multiple teeth. Teeth with matrix attached to them are suspect for restoration so be careful. At least two species of Spinosaurids exits and it's currently impossible to determine if they are Spinosaurus or Sigilmassasaurus or Undescribed taxon. Conflicting taxonomic hypotheses have been proposed. Ibrahim at al (2014) suggest that all specimens found belong to Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. Evers et al (2015) regard Spinosaurus maroccanus and Sigiilmassaurus brevicollis as belonging to the same taxon Sigiilmassaurus brevicollis which is also supported by Hendrickx et al (2016). Ever at al (2015) also described additional specimens from a second unnamed Spinosaurid. Bottom line we do not have enough specimens to eliminate ontogenetic or sexual dimorphism differences and accurately describe Spinosaurids in the Kem Kem. So these teeth are best identified as: Spinosaurid indet. Carcharodontosaurid Teeth, those that are compressed and blade like, first photo. Wrinkles by the distal carina are diagnostic to this species. Mesial teeth are fat, slender and look very different (D shaped) (next three photos). Two species currently are described Carcharodontosaurus saharicus and Sauroniops pachytholus and its impossible to differentiate teeth between these taxons. Similiar to the Spinosaurid debate one exists with these two species and if Sauroniops is valid. Similiar to Spinosaurids the big issue is having enough specimens to make a proper determination in what exists.. For these reasons best identified as : Carcharodontosaurid indet. Theropod indet. There are also intermediate size teeth (1 1/2") that are being sold as Deltadromeus or another theropod. I believe these could be Deltadromeus teeth but until we see scientific evidence this morphology of tooth should be identified as Theropod indet. No skull was found with the holotype or in any other discoveries so we do not know what look like. Carcharodontosaurid serrations Theropod indet. Dromaeosaurid: Teeth being sold as Dromaeosaurus are most likely misidentified, so here is what to look for. There are a few morphologies floating around but nothing as been formally described. Teeth are typically small around 1/2" (1.2cm) to over 1" (2.5cm) One morphology of these teeth are suggested by Hendrickx to be from a Noasaurid dinosaur. Although you see many sellers using the word Raptor next to what they are offering it's unknown if there is a true raptor in the Kem Kem. Abelisaurids are not raptors This figure identifies a study of isolated teeth by Richter (2015) and identifies two morphologies (A to D) and (E to G) as Dromaeosaurid. Mesial and distal carinae show a distinct density difference in serrations. The tip of the tooth extends past the base. On morph E/F a faint but visible constriction between crown and root is visible. The later form suggested by some paleontologists is most similiar to troodontids. Morph variant 3 that I have in my collection but not seen in any papers Mesial and distal carinae range show a distinct difference. A distinct twist to the mesial carina. Abelisaurid indet. With new discoveries we can put a real species name to these teeth but currently they are indet. These are easily identifiable but can easily be misidentified with certain morphologies of Dromaeosaurid teeth. The teeth are very compressed, the cross-section is oval at the base, the mesial side is strongly curved and the distal side is almost straight to the base of the tooth, see red lines in the photo. Mesial and distal carinae range from only a slight to a distinct difference. The only morphological feature that discriminates a tooth of a dromaeosaurid from that of an abelisaurid is the unique mesial and distal curvature profile of the abelisaurid crown. These teeth could belong to Rugops since it's an Abelisaurid but we have no scientific information to support that claim. Premaxillary Bottom Line: There are NO theropod teeth in the Kem Kem Beds that you can currently definitively assign to a Genus to, no less a Species.
  24. Shark Tooth ID needed

    Need some help identifying some shark teeth I acquired. The first two images, the only thing i know about this one is that they were found in Bone Valley This second two images are of a tooth found in an Eocene layer at the Brazos River in Texas brazosfossilfront brazosfossilback The last two images I know nothing about. It just came in a collection I acquired UnknownfrontUnknownback Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
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