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Found 24 results

  1. Serratolamna aschersoni (Stromer 1905)

    From the album Pisces

    Cusp 32m. Upper. From the phosphate plateau at Kouribga, Morocco Paleogene, Eocene
  2. Cretolamna appendiculata (Agassiz 1843)

    From the album Pisces

    Cusp 23mm. Upper. From the phosphate plateau at Kouribga, Morocco Maastrichtian, Late Cretaceous.
  3. 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!
  4. What are these things?

    A friend of mine(yes, it really is a friend, not just me lol)apparently got these in a box of stuff, and they were labeled as being from mosasaurs. He asked if they were coprolites, but i don't know exactly how they were described. I told him no, I don't think any coprolites would be so smooth, even, and without any imperfections(I'm sure there are some like that out there, but that must be pretty rare. A random group of coprolites aren't going to all be like that, I'd imagine). I told him I don't really know and that id ask, but my best guess would be either gastroliths, or nodules. I don't think mosasaurs have gastroliths, but plesiosaurs do, and the ID of mosasaur seems bunk anyway, no matter what they are. As far as nodules, I don't know if nodules are found in that kind of site, so yeah......does anyone have any idea? Oh yeah, they're from Khouribga, Morocco.
  5. Need ID

    It is from the Khouribgha area. I am not a crocodile specialist, I think it is a Dyrosaurid but maybe someone can be more precise (family) ?. There is a bone on top of it that is is not part of the jaw but I kept it because I think it makes the piece more interesting. Can anybody tell what kind of bone that could be? The first picture is when I just started preparation. The rest when finsihed.
  6. What is this? Croc scute?

    Can anyone identify this for me? I would think it was a crocodile scute, except Ive never seen that shape before.
  7. Mosasaur premaxillary bones

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    2 unidentified mosasaur species' anterior end of premaxillary bones. One with teeth broken off just beyond the skull, and the other has 2 remaining teeth, with the rest broken off at the level of the skull. the larger fossil was found in the phosphate mines of Khouribga, Morocco. ive since lost the information for the smaller fossil, sadly.
  8. I took delivery of this jaw today. I bought it over the weekend, having seen it and been offered a reasonable price on it. The initial pictures I saw were of very poor quality (the one above is mine), and it looked relatively convincing. In further photos, it also looked pretty convincing. The seller, I should point out, was not an expert or commercial seller, he was someone who'd bought it a few years ago and now wanted rid of it. Some of you are probably looking at the photo above and thinking to yourselves 'that's not at all convincing, what were you thinking?', and you'd be right to think that, since all of the teeth are fake (or rather, the roots are fake and the crowns were composited in). I've been collecting these jaws for several years, and I really should have known better. Dodgy photos or not, something doesn't look right about the alignment of the teeth or the shape of the roots. I let my enthusiasm get the better of me, as a result of which I splurged money I could ill-afford on something which is mostly faked. The jaw bone is entirely real, but there's not an awful lot of jaw to speak of. That said, it wasn't very expensive and is, if nothing else, an interesting piece of ethnographic art, and far better than those dismal $25 fakes that you see everywhere. One of the things that helped convince me was the tooth on the far left, which I felt looked quite realistic: The teeth on the right are less so, with roots which bulge in every direction, which appear to end at the point where they touch the matrix, and which in one area appear to be smudged on top of the jaw bone. They aren't the worst fakes I have ever seen, but they aren't great either. Up close they appear to be the usual mix of brown-ish plaster and sand. I post this as a warning, really. If you're ever unsure, post it here before buying, if only for a sanity check. You don't necessarily need to be a newbie to make a newbie error (although it helps if, like me, you're an idiot).
  9. Cretaceous crocodile; likely Dyrosaurus

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    Unidentified Cretaceous crocodile species, suggested by multiple people, to appear to be a Dyrosaurus, came from the second phosphatic layer of a phosphate mine(what a shocker!)around the suburbs of Khouribga, Morocco. Original teeth, not replacements. Have gone through and cleaned up the base of some of the ones that had some sand around them.
  10. Mosasaurs, Morocco, Ouled Abdoun

    From the album Dinosaurs and Reptiles

    A - Halisaurus arambourgi B - Halisaurus sp.? C - "Platecarpus ptychodon" D - Mosasaurus beaugei E - Eremiasaurus heterodontus F,G,H - Prognathodon giganteus
  11. 4 Moroccan teeth

    Hi all, At the local market yesterday I bought these 4 teeth (in total for a very low price). All 4 are said to come from Morocco, but the seller didn't say the exact location. But I suppose that they are either from Kem Kem or Khouribga. Anyways I would just like your opinion on them (what species, 100% original or slightly reconstructed, anything I could do to "improve" them, etc). Thanks in advance! Best regards, Max Tooth #1: sold as a spinosaur tooth (so I suppose it's from Kem Kem).
  12. Mosasaur tooth with root

    Hi, Here another mosasaur tooth, this time single but with root. Again, Khouribga; late Cretaceous. See my previous post for more info: So what do you think? What species could it be? Best regards, Max
  13. Mosasaur: Prognathodon?

    Hi all, Usually you see these fossils in the "Is it real?" thread, but I decided to make a change. This mosasaur block contains several teeth, and I think they are real, and it is possible that the block was found as such (if you think any of it is fake/reconstructed, let me know). As usual, it's from our favorite mosasaur location Khouribga (Morocco), meaning it's from the late Cretaceous (like all mosasaurs). Now I would like to put a species (or several species) on these teeth. Here's a list I found of the different mosasaurs found in Khouribga (it may be wrong): Globidens phosphaticus (definitely not this one) Halisaurus arambourgi Halisaurus walkeri Mosasaurus hoffmani Platecarpus ptychodon Prognathodon curii Liodon anceps (?) All of them (except for Globidens) seem like possible solutions for my block. So, what species do you think it is? Maybe there are different species for the different teeth? Thanks! Max
  14. Verts from Khouribga: Sea Snake?

    Hey all, Here are some two verts I have from Khouribga (Morocco). They both look very similar, so I have a good suspicion they are from the same species. Any clue what species it is? I was thinking sea snake ( Palaeophis maghrebianus), but I'm not sure. Also, I'm not sure whether it's Paleocene or Cretaceous. Please help! Best regards, Max
  15. Unknown vert from Khouribga

    Hi all, This small vert comes from Khouribga, Morocco. At first I thought it was fish, but now I'm not sure; it could be reptile. Does anyone know what it could be? Fish/reptile/something else? Please try to be as precise as possible, though I know it's hard. I don't know whether it's Cretaceous or Paleogene either. What do you think? Just give as much info as you can about this little mystery! Best regards, Max
  16. Prognathodon tooth

    Tooth of a durgophagous mosasaur.
  17. Khouribga Material: ID?

    Hello again, Here are the other things that I bought at the same time as my Squalicorax tooth, in an earlier topic today. They all come from Khouribga, Morocco (Maastrichtian in age, ~68mya), but I do not know what they are... Any help is appreciated! Best regards, Max
  18. Stratodus apicalis vertebra

    From the album Fish Fossils

    Stratodus apicalis Cope 1872 Location: Khouribga, Morocco Age: Maastrichtian, Late Cretaceous

    © &copy Olof Moleman

  19. Rhombodus microdon tooth

    From the album Fish Fossils

    Rhombodus microdon (Arambourg, 1952) Location: Khouribga, Morocco Age: Maastrichtian, Late Cretaceous

    © &copy Olof Moleman

  20. Rhombodus binkhorsti

    From the album Fish Fossils

    Rhombodus binkhorsti Dames, 1881 Location: Khouribga, Morocco Age: Maastrichtian, Late Cretaceous

    © &copy Olof Moleman

  21. Enchodus palate

    From the album Fish Fossils

    Enchodus libycus Quass, 1902 The Palate bone of an Enchodus (Sabre Tooth Herring). It seems to be worn down a lot. Possibly it was eaten. Location: Khouribga, Morocco Age: Maastrichtian, Late Cretaceous

    © &copy Olof Moleman

  22. Enchodus Prep Morocco

    I thought I'd share a couple of Enchodus matrix pieces I prepped down this week. Been sitting on these for awhile now, the small one I had done most the prep on a couple years ago and decided it was time to finish them and to keep or clean off the shelves. These come from the quarries near Oulad Bouali from when I visited there in 2006 - 2008. I think it's important to note how the teeth actually look compared to those often sold on eBay or other retailer websites, the natural teeth are not all the large "terminator" teeth as found on the end of the jaw, often they take a jaw, like these, and will plaster the larger teeth in place to make a "showier" specimen, very hard to find specimens like these online. The same type of forgery as done to the Mosasaur sp from this locality. Preparation was done using a small pick, nylon brush, and a paleotools chisel when needed to move larger matrix and landscaping, consolidated with Paraloid b-72, First is a really nicely intact single jaw segment with a few teeth. Before: During prep I exposed what turned out to be a couple broken teeth on the left and fractured the second from the right. A single shark tooth was exposed beneath the jaw, this matrix was surprisingly lacking in other fossils, just the occasional fish vert. After: