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  1. Moroccan Atlas and Sahara.

    I am leaving tomorrow for a five day trip to explore some of the Moroccan Middle, High and Anti-Atlas Mountains and parts of the Sahara. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I seem a bit overexcited, it's because I am. This will be my first Moroccan collecting trip since the TB struck me in 2011/12. I won't be posting on a day by day basis, i don't think, as my laptop stays here and wifey's phone thing is beyond me. However, wifey's presence for the first time on one of my trips will enable me to take photos for the first time ever. I hope. A past student of mine who is a tour guide here is driving, along with his brother, because he gets asked geological questions a lot by the tourists and hasn't a clue. So in return for free accommodation and transport I have to teach a little basic Moroccan geology. I think I'll have to pay for the booze and fossils though. But I'm hoping to find more than I buy! So many, I hope, that I'll fill the 4x4 with them and wifey and the brother will have to walk home. Wish me luck, full trip details to follow when i am able.
  2. Moroccan Verts

    @snolly50 was nice enough to send me a mess of a Moroccan concretion to play with recently. It started out as what appeared to be bits of vertebrae poking out of the block. After about 4 hours of scribing with my ME9100, I had uncovered a few scraps of bone but no centra were evident. The natural crack that you see opened up from the vibrations of the scribe and no robust bone was evident in the crack either. With John's permission, I began exploring the back of the block, hoping to find something worthy to prepare. Bingo, I found some bone. The crack happened to peel through a small section of the centra rather than through a full cross section giving the appearance of a lack of large bone in the concretion. 4 or 5 hours later and the verts were mostly exposed. Unfortunately, this concredtion had a thin layer of softer rock on the outside and a significantly harder inner core. The matrix is MUCH harder than the bone and I fought the bones trying to crumble the entire time. This has copious amounts of Vinac on the bones to stabilize them. At this point, the ME9100 is almost making no progress on matrix removal. Enter the Super Jack scribe. This beast will plow through the matrix. It ultimately saved me around 12 hours of scribe work on this project. The one thing you have to be careful of is the increased vibrations to the block with the more powerful scribe. I spent more time consolidating and aggressively applied Vinac to any bone as it was exposed. Prep progressed quickly with me alternating between the Super Jack for bulk matrix removal and the ME9100 for close to the bone work. Including the exploratory time, I have 16 hours into this prep at the finish. I left some of the tool marks on the matrix rather than completely smoothing it out because I think it highlights the rugged nature of the piece and most Moroccan stuff has tool marks. The ones I have seen that are totally clean look off to my eye. It would be like @RJB leaving tool marks on his crab concretions. None of them have it so if they were there, it would look wrong. Here's the final product.
  3. Moroccan Mystery - Coral or Brach?

    Hi all, I just got back from Arizona where I spent a couple of days at the Tucson Gem Show. On my quest for coprolite treasure at the Moroccan village, I came across this little mystery piece. I'm assuming it is some type of coral or brachiopod. The dealer only had a handful of these and this one had the least damage. Can anyone identify it? Any guesses on the age? When I first saw it, it reminded me of the septarians in this thread. Obviously, they are not the same.
  4. Hi everyone! New member here. I am very excited to make my first post. So I came across a vendor today with some cool stuff, but I wanted to run some photos by the forum members first to see: 1) if you think they are real or fake. 2) how much would you expect to pay for a piece like that. Thanks for the help! Item #1 - Mosasaur Jaw To my eyes, this item looks legit as the teeth don't seem to be floating above the jaw with composite all around it, or teeth pointed in different directions. BUT...I know fakes are good and I am relatively new to educating myself to fakes vs real. Item #2 - Another Mosasaur Jaw (top and bottom) Also looks pretty legit to my newb eyes. But I am worried both top and bottom jaws in that position are too good to be true. Item #3 - Croc Skull? My gut reaction is fake...mostly due to the matrix looking like it was smeared on like cream cheese. Item #4 - Plesiosaur Skull and Neck It's apparently from goulmima southern morocco. Sadly I don't have more pics, as I didn't want to handle it and move it around. But I was able to get down low and see that it does have it's teeth. I just couldn't a good picture of it. :-\ The closest comparison I could find was this plesiosaur head/neck from an archived auction house website image. But the matrix around it seems the same.
  5. Hi, I have what is described to me as a turtle claw from the Moroccan Phosphates. That's all the info I was given unfortunately. It has a curve as seen from the top view. It measures 44mm long. First up, is this a turtle claw? Second, is it possible to ID its family or species? Third, what could the age be? I am guessing 70.6 - 55 million years old. Fourth, can I narrow down the locality? Thank you for your help.
  6. Hey Gang, Need some help. I've got a couple trilobites and I realize I dont have confirmed ID/provenance. They were labeled as being from Morocco. 1)Maybe a Flexicalymene? 2) Not sure what this one might be and it looks like much different matrix and preservation than I've seen for Morocco? Maybe something like a Phacopsid? Thanks for the help in advance. Regards, Chris
  7. Just a little heads-up if anyone sees these. They're currently for sale at a commonly-used site. The jawbones are actually quite nice, but the teeth all appear to be added afterwards. In my opinion, none are original. Although both are nice decorative pieces, I wouldn't buy them unless they were pretty cheap. Most people will know this already, but posted for the benefit of newbies.
  8. Acastoides zguilmensis

    From the album Trilobites

    Acastoides zguilmensis
  9. Tooth from Morocco- what is it?

    Saw this for sale- ID as unknown dinosaur from Morocco. It is 0.7" long. Anyone know what this might be?
  10. I was given this around Christmas. It had a gray "dusty" coating. Upon cleaning/prepping it now looks like this. Here's what makes me question it's authenticity...notice the gray matter down the middle and at the tip. Your thoughts?
  11. I’m in the process of creating some labels for my specimens and may end up posting again in this thread for help from time to time. Hopefully it’ll help others as well. I have a neat tooth sold to me awhile back as Zarafasaura oceanis, Phosphate Beds, Kourigba, Morocco. I don’t know much about Elasmosaurs, but would label name be appropriate, or is it really an indeterminate elasmosaur tooth?
  12. Morocco bone fossil

    This fossil from morocco Oued Zem i want to know ID
  13. 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:
  14. 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
  15. Saw this online, it looks suspicious (but i am no expert) and i thought i would post here for confirmation. It is over 6 and a half inches long.
  16. Cretaceous turtle, Oued Zem

    Hey everyone I ordered this piece last night, it will probably arrive in the course of this week. According to the listing it is a turtle bone from the cretaceous phosphate layers of Oued Zem in Morocco, but the exact species wasn't identified. But unfortunatly I am not very familiar with Cretaceous sea turles from Morocco, I just found it a nice piece to add to my Oued Zem display. So does anyone know which turtle species can be found in the cretaceous phosphate layers of Oued Zem? The only species that came out while googling was Lytoloma elegans, but I am sure some of you might know other species that lived in Oued Zem during the Cretaceous? Thanks in advance!
  17. Got this fish from a popular fossil site for their new years sale. The longer I look at it the more red flags I am seeing. It was listed as unidentified, upper cretaceous-lower Turonian stage, Asfla Goulmima Morocco. All my other fish are either Green River or from Lebanon so I don't have anything to compare it to. First flag the entire top of the fish looks carved from the matrix. Second the matrix is riddled with bubbles on all sides and the back. Last once I borrowed a black light the matrix is dotted fluorescence throughout as well as a border around the fish. Am I just ignorant to how these are prepped or is my gut right?
  18. Scabriscutellum furciferum

    From the album Trilobites

    M. Devonian Hamar Laghdad Fm., Morocco Purchased (2018)
  19. echinoid ID help please and thank you

    Hi all Can I please have some help on these beauties. I purchased them as a job lot and I did get a good bargain. Unfortunately the only info I got was they are from Morocco. The first two are I think Goniopygus meslei ? The third I don’t know. 1. 2. 3.
  20. About a year ago I came across a fossil hunt report in Morocco and fall in love with the trilobites. From another website, I saw picture of Morocco crinoids plate and I just wish I have them. Last week I found a trip in groupon to Morocco for 15 days. Then I find there are many fossil hunting tours in Morocco from 8 to 15 days. I would like to ask if anyone using the tour for fossil hunt? Are they good and if anyone has a favorite tour company to suggest? I am appreciate any information and help. Thanks.
  21. I’m wondering what the age of the Otodus teeth are in Morocco. Does anybody have any papers on the teeth there? Also, does anybody know how many genera there are there? Thanks
  22. Rebbachisaur Tooth

    Tooth of a rebbachisaurid sauropod.
  23. Abelisaurid tooth

    Acquired from a British fossil dealer in January 2019.
  24. Carcharodontosaurid tooth

    Acquired from a British fossil dealer in November 2018. Labeled Carcharodontosauridae indent. due to the presence of at least two carcharodontosaurids (Carcharodontosaurus saharicus and Sauroniops pachytholus) in the Kem Kem Beds.
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