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  1. I saw this from an online store. It was said to be a toe bone of a dinosaur from Madagascar. It is pretty large, is it really a dinosaur toe bone?
  2. Aioloceras

  3. Small fossils in cleonaceras

    I bought this cleonaceras ammonite a while ago. It’s 110 Million years old from Madagascar. It said it was filled with mud and when I was looking at it I saw many small fossils, some of these may be unidentifiable or even not fossils but I know some are and want to see if you guys can help narrow it down. Since they have been polished the inclusions on one side are not on the other here’s the ammonite, 6.9 inches the longest way 1. Gastropod? 2. Shell fragment? 3. Shell fragment? 4. Gastropod? 5. Gastropod? 6. I know this ones a gastropod, anything else? 7. Shell fragment? 8. No clue, probably not a fossil 9. Tiny gastropod?
  4. Coelacanth

    Hi people. I found this fish in the Malagasy mountains in 2014. I think it's a Piveauia madagascariensis Lehman, 1952 ?? To get to the site we have to walk in the mountains for 4-5 hours, depending on the site we want to visit, for me it was a fabulous period, not only for the fossils, but also for the discovery of the way of life of the Malagasy, the all those that surrounds it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021 !!
  5. Crazy Beast From Madagascar

    Dr Krause does it again. Another mammal from the Cretaceous of Madagascar. Named the "crazy beast" in hybrid Malagasy and Greek. Also named after a colleague who passed away. Weird reading about people you've worked with and met. My wife did unrelated research with Dr. Hu too. Don't get fooled by the picture at the top of the page, it is from a gallery of extinct creatures https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/18/world/crazy-beast-fossil-mammal-scn-trnd/index.html
  6. Hello TFF, I purchased this relatively inexpensive specimen at Mineralfest this past fall, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about it. The seller informed me it could possibly be from Madagascar, but was transparent in admitting that she couldn't confirm for sure. It was with other pieces of petrified wood that were brown, but I was drawn to this one due to the red hues. I think it's agatized, and it looks "glassy," although there are too many impurities to shine a cell phone light through it. One side is polished, and I put water on the rougher backside to show more of the details in the coloration. When I went to research the process of identifying tree species from petrified wood, I came across high powered microscopes that could identify structures on a cellular level. I don't have access to that sort of technology, but I was wondering if anyone has any guesses as to what the species could be, how old it might be, what it might be made of, or any other information that could be gathered from looking at the specimen. I'm always curious about what the prehistoric "story" could be behind a fossil, or anything related to the unique biology of ancient life. Thank you for your time, and your knowledge is greatly appreciated!
  7. ID confirmation request

    Good evening folks. I just received a fish fossil from the Cretaceous period of Madagascar that is just listed as a "bony fish". Can anyone put a name to it?
  8. New Late Cretaceous Bird

    Cretaceous bird from Madagascar shows interesting beak morphology https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2945-x
  9. Hello, I'm interested in getting one, maybe both of these. Sold as Borthriospondylus, but, unless I'm misaken, that's a name attached to fossils to sell them and a better labelling is Eusauropoda. Anyway, unfortunately, there is no formation, I emailed seller and he doesn't know. But both teeth are from Madagascar, 164 million years old. I was wondering, are they both from the same species? While they both look similar and have a similar shape around the base, tooth number 1 has a flatter top--does this mean they're from two different species, or does it just have more feeding wear than the others. Incidentally, tooth number 1 I found has been posted here before a couple of years ago--ID'd as Eusauropoda. Tooth 1 - 15mm. Tooth 2 - 17 mm Many thanks.
  10. Majungasaurus tooth

    Do you know if i can find Majungasaurus teeth on market and what is the price for the teeth?
  11. Madagascar Theropod Tooth?

    Hi all, I bought this tooth recently on an auction site and was wondering what you folks think. The seller bought it at Tucson Fossil show but lost the ID card with the Formation on it, so the locale is missing. Info on the tooth: 1 inch long Supposedly from Madagascar
  12. Circles on Sand Dollar

    I’ve had this mepygurus marmonti sand dollar from the Jurassic of Madagascar for years now and when I was looking at it I noticed these small circles on the bottom. Are these on every sand dollar, it appears to be a part of it so my guess was some sort of way for tiny legs to attach but it’s just a guess the sand dollar is 7.5 centimeters and each dot is just under 1 millimeter
  13. Madagascar Eusauropoda ?

    One of a couple of teeth I'm interested in--figure it's time to add some more exotic teeth to my collection. This caught my eye, Eusauropoda tooth from Madagascar. 0.56 inches, from the Isalo Formation, Majunga, Madagascar. If it's as described, that would be great. Thanks very much. Edit: meant to post in id. Not is it real
  14. Majungasaurus Tooth or Something Else?

    Hello, I have recently received photos of this tooth. It is labeled as a Majungasaurus crenatissimus tooth. The location is stated as Maevarano, Majunga, Madagascar. To me, it does show morphological characteristics of being an Abelisaurid tooth, such as a distal edge that is not recurved. What are your thoughts on this?
  15. New lagerpetid from Madagascar

    A new paper is available online: Kammerer, Christian F.; Nesbitt, Sterling J.; Flynn, John J.; Ranivoharimanana, Lovasoa; Wyss, André R., 2020. A tiny ornithodiran archosaur from the Triassic of Madagascar and the role of miniaturization in dinosaur and pterosaur ancestry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi:10.1073/pnas.1916631117. ISSN 0027-8424. Until now, the fossil record of Triassic diapsids from Madagascar was pretty poor, and after the putative 'prosauropod' from the Isalo II unit (later named Azendohsaurus madagaskarensis) was found to be a non-archosauriform archosauromorph (like the Azendohsaurus type species), avemetatarsalians remained absent from the published Isalo II diapsid fossil record, but Kongonaphon, along with an unnamed silesaurid and an unnamed basal avemetatarsalian (reported at the SVP 2019 meeting), demonstrates that early bird-line archosaurs were widespread in Gondwana during the Anisian-Ladinian.
  16. I’ve been slowly working on improving our Jurassic dinosaur fossil collection. One of the major goals has been expanding beyond North America and the Morrison Formation. We recently picked up two fossils that accomplish that goal. Up first we we have a pretty nice sauropod tooth from Madagascar. This is from what is usually referred to as the Isalo III Formation. I believe the Sakahara formation would be the more accurate name given this comes from Andronomamy. This tooth is kind of interesting. It matches the Eusauropoda morphology of a paper published on sauropod teeth from Madagascar. I researched this a bit further to see if I could maybe get it to a family level. This tooth seemed be close to the morphology of the French sauropod Vouivria, which is a basal Brachiosaurid. Based on what I read, Vouivria was described from material that had been assigned to Lapparentosaurus which is what I thought this tooth might be except it doesn’t match the morphology of the Brachiosaurid/Titanosauriformes teeth in the paper. After my brain imploded from trying to figure this out, I decided to just say we have a nice Eusauropoda tooth from Madagascar lol
  17. Its always good to see new publications on dinosaur material from Madagascar since we often see it for sale and misidentified. Here we have a publication that looks at the osteology of Rahonavis ostromi, a paravian from the Maastrichtian Maevarano Formation, Mahajanga Basin, northwestern Madagascar. Unfortunately no functional teeth are described just unerupted ones but it gives us a great description of bones and claws. https://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2020/3060-osteology-of-rahonavis
  18. Madagascar

    Hello Forum members, I live in Madagascar and bought a few fossil teeth at a local market. Or are they claws? Can anyone tell me what kind of these fossils are from. Thanks in advance for all the effort. Ann
  19. Hi, This is listed as a large sauropod claw (16cm in length) from Madagascar attributed to the Sauropod Archaeodontosaurus descouensis. I wanted to ask does it look alright? it states that there is no restoration to the fossil. Thanks in advance!
  20. 'Crazy Beast' Fossil Discovered in Madagascar Reveals Bizarre Mammal From the Cretaceous Ryan F. Mandelbaum, Gizmodo, April 29, 2020 https://gizmodo.com/crazy-beast-fossil-discovered-in-madagascar-reveals-biz-1843143385 My, what big teeth and strange bones you have. Scientists discover a creature that roamed south of the equator 66 million years ago. By Ben Guarno, Washington Post, April 29, 2020 https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/04/29/mammal-skeleton-adalatherium-hui/ Marooned on Mesozoic Madagascar: Researchers discover 66-million-year-old 'crazy beast' by Stony Brook University, April 29, 2020 https://phys.org/news/2020-04-marooned-mesozoic-madagascar-million-year-old-crazy.html https://www.livescience.com/ancient-bizarre-mammal-madagascar.html The paper is: Krause, D.W., Hoffmann, S., Hu, Y. et al. Skeleton of a Cretaceous mammal from Madagascar reflects long-term insularity. Nature (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2234-8 Yours, Paul H.
  21. Fish in a nodule needs ID

    Hi All, I bought a fossil fish on online a while ago. The seller identified it as "PTERONISCULUS Fish fossil Trias 250 mio Madagascar" It would be nice to confirm and also get additional information on possible locality, ideally reference to a scientific publication. I'm really curious about in situ conditions where the fossil was found. Could it be desert, or a mine. It seems like the fish nodules are not that rare if you look on-line but it's hard to find anything about the place of origin. Clearly, recognizing a fish species in this condition is a rare skill. So, many thanks in advance to those who will weigh in and share an opinion and information. Pictures are attached.
  22. Is this specimen a Barasaurus besairiei from Madagascar? Is it genuine? I have seen quite a number of these specimens imported from Madagascar to China but most of them were headless. But more recently, most of the imported specimens are rather complete with head. They are mostly in the form of split nodules, and so it seems like they are genuine. Any views?
  23. Sometimes I find things in nature on my own, sometimes I purchase things. This I purchased at a fossil and mineral show. I believe it's important to support such shows to keep them going. This is a nice ammonite, I guess some 165 million year-old I suspect this one is from the Jurassic period--it was collected in Madagascar. I've brought this little guy to some small classes I used to teach. It is about 9 inches across.
  24. Came across this today, thought someone might be interested. Scientists discover two rare new sharks with saw-like snouts https://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-discover-two-rare-new-sharks-with-saw-like-snouts/#ftag=CAD-09-10aai5b
  25. Dinosaur teeth from Madagascar are frequently misidentified since very little has been published and specific localities are rarely cited, known or accurate. Without an accurate provenance its very difficult to properly assign teeth to any specific genus/species if any are actually described.. Here are a few examples of teeth that are currently being offered for sale. This tooth is being represented as Majungatholus from the Maevarano formation of Madagascar. Majungatholus is an Abelisaurid unfortunately this morphology is not even close to being one. Its an indeterminate theropod tooth. Weak provenance does not help. Below I Included a photo of a Majungatholus tooth. DENTAL MORPHOLOGY AND VARIATION IN MAJUNGASAURUS CRENATISSIMUS (THEROPODA:ABELISAURIDAE) FROM THE LATE CRETACEOUS OF MADAGASCAR by Joshua B. Smith 2010 This tooth is being represented as a very rare Rapetosaurus sauropod from the Maevarano formation. Again the morphology does not even come close to what a Rapetosaurus tooth looks like its spoon shaped not peg like. Below I've added a photo of what one looks like. Weak provenance does not help.. The last of the dinosaur titans: A new sauropod from Madagascar by Rogers, Foster 2001 This tooth is being represented as a Maxillary Bothriospondylus sauropod from Kamoro of Madagascar. The provenance is very weak and the spoon shape points to a couple of possible candidates including Bothrio. depending on formation. Additional cautionary note: The state of accurate identifications of dinosaur material is the worst I've ever seen. Please dont trust anything you see sold online by auction sites, trusted dealers, those you've done business with, other collectors or at shops or shows when they get back up and running. Do yourself a favor PLEASE have everything checked out by knowledgeable individuals
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