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  1. I recently acquired some bulk samples of shark teeth from Morocco. Quite a lot of them appear to be Sand Tigers or Sand sharks (Odontaspididae). I'm working on collecting references to ID these teeth before assembling tooth sets. Since teeth from Morocco are so common, I thought this would be a useful resource for others. I'm just starting out and this reference is a good place to start: ARAMBOURG, C. (1952) Les vertébrés fossiles des gisements de phosphates (Maroc-Algérie-Tunisie). Notes et Mémoires du Service Géologique du Maroc, 92: 1–372, 62 fig., 44 pl Although it is in French and I believe a lot of the taxonomy has probably progressed from this time. Is there already a post on this topic? If not I would sure appreciate contributions of references for shark teeth for this locality. There may also be references from other localities that are relevant as they deal with species found in the Moroccan deposits. After some time we could organise references into something that makes sense taxonomically and if there is a demand for it maybe pin it. Thanks everyone!
  2. Note: I won't post any pictures here because even with censoring and cropping, the dealer/website is too easily identifiable. As if buying properly identified fossils couldn't get any harder, I was just directed to a extremely professional website that had whole sections on identification of fake fossils, how to identify between various Moroccan dinosaurs, even books on the topic! Every fossil sold there had its own page giving details of said fossil and why it was identified as that particular species etc. I did a search on the raptor section. Less than 10% were true dromaeosaurids. What grates me is that any uninformed buyer would look at the website and go, "They sure know their stuff. Wow! I even get a certificate of authenticity on my fossil!" Cue a buyer spending wasted money. There is great misinformation today in the fossil market, especially Moroccan ones. Sometimes, both diggers and dealers are mistaken about the ID of their fossils thanks to too much hearsay and information passed down from one another. To sum it up: 1) A professional-looking website doesn't guaranteed good IDs 2) Certificates mean nothing. Anyone can print one out 3) Even if a dealer/website tries to teach you how to identify a wrongly-IDed fossil, ensure they practice what they preach. This website pointed out correctly that for raptors, the inner serrations were larger than outer ones. The teeth he sold however, did not follow this rule. Most likely he copied it from somewhere 4) The dealer being a member of AAPS doesn't mean he knows what he's selling 5) "Everyone else is unreliable! Getting from us is the only way to make sure you know you are getting the correct fossil! We visit the dig sites ourselves, we vet every specimen." Sounds familiar? Some dealers resort to fear tactics to make themselves the only legit-looking source. 6) Raptors, dinosaur eggs, tyrannosaurids are some of the fossils that are harder to properly identify. When buying one, be extra cautious about the ID If in doubt, take some pics and show it to the forums. There are plenty of experts here, we are more than happy to help spot for fakes. As the saying goes, caveat emptor "let the buyer beware".
  3. Hi there. I got a large lot of teeth from Morocco today. They were mostly shark, but with quite a large number of mosasaur teeth, some ray plates, crocodile teeth, bone material etc. There are several pieces I couldn't identify, but this is the most puzzling one of the lot. It's obviously (to a layperson like me, and keeping in mind that I don't have a clue) a mammalian tooth. As such, it can't be contemporary to the other material. However, it does have lots of matrix jammed into the top of the tooth, which is solid rock and not just sand. It's indistinguishable from the typical phosphate bed matrix, to my eyes. My guess would still be that it's fairly modern, but does anybody have any ideas please? Thanks in advance.
  4. These have been a long time coming but they arrived just yesterday. These are fish concretions from Morocco. Ive never had any experience with these and have only seen about 3 fish from Morocco that are any good, so this is truly a gamble. But if you don't gamble, you cant win. Im going to go on the prep attack on one of these today and see what happens. im excited and nervous at the same time. Wish me luck. RB
  5. I bought this Trilobite from Morocco about 11 years ago. I know there are many fakes out there, so I am asking for your opinions. There is a repaired crack through the center of the matrix which made me believe that it was real. You can see the crack in the photo, it goes from the upper left, through the trilobite, and over to center right. If it is real, is the black color natural to this type of trilobite from Morocco or has it been painted?
  6. Hi All, While perusing the web I came across this Spino tooth that I would like some second opinions on. It's a good size tooth and I am wondering whether the root is authentic or if maybe this is a composite tooth. Any thoughts? Thanks as always!
  7. 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
  8. Hello everybody I have some indeterminated Kem Kem fossils. The first one is a piece of a jaw. I think it's reptile, but I don't know for sure. Anyone suggestions? (first 2 pics) The second is also a jaw and I think this one might be a fish. (last 3 pics) Thanks already
  9. 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
  10. A good friend of mine sent me these pics of a mystery tooth from Morocco that he acquired. It looks like mammal to me but I'm not a tooth guy so I said I'd post them here and mine the hive mind of TFF.
  11. I have these two teeth, the only data I have is that they are from the phosphate mines of morocco. wondering if they are small otodus or something different. Thought and opinions appreciated. cheers!
  12. Here is one that has me perplexed. I am always on the lookout for strange and new trilobites, especially from North Africa. I picked this one up in Tucson. At first I thought it may be just a fake, but it was from a trusted friend. After inspecting it under magnification, it is the real deal. It is nearly 4 inches long. It is Devonian in age from Morocco, and I can not find mention of anything in the literature and wondered if anyone out there might have an idea.
  13. Years ago when I was active on the Paleolist fossil discussion list a member posted images of a large enrolled Parahomalonotus planus planus Devonian trilobite from Morocco. He said he picked it up in Tucson. LINK At the time I remember doing a Google search and saw images of flats of these huge enrolled trilobites at Tucson. Didn't go to Tucson this year...However, I was there the previous 2 years and didn't see any. Anyone know of any dealers on the Net offering these "Holy Rollers" for sale? Maybe they were fakes? Comments? Barry
  14. So I came across this vertebra on the internet. It's labeled as a large Spinosaurus vertebra. I don't think it's that due to it being very flat. But one thing caught my attention. One side seems to have a lot of air sacks. So my first thought was that it could possibly be a Sauropod vertebra. What do you guys think?
  15. Anyone know the species of this fish? Skull is 3D and BIG. Thanks
  16. I saw this Pterosaur tooth and supposed Pterosaur bone fossil, and I'm wondering whether is real. Please, I'd like your thoughts on this! Thanks to everyone who can help me!
  17. I was in Tucson over the weekend, and bought several flats of Moroccan bones. Lots of fish material, and initially I was thinking that this jaw might be fish as well. However now, I am not 100% sure. I'm still in the process of cleaning it up, so if more pictures are needed, I will be happy to supply them. Location: Morocco Size: Approximately 7" maybe a little more. PS, those are little lungfish teeth on the bottom of the plate.
  18. While I was at Quartzite I did buy a few things. I found this at a building that sold mostly Morrocan stuff and was told that this came from there, but I don't believe a thing im told by them. I have done some work on this specimen to make it as best I can, but I have no clue as to what Genus, what species, what formation or anything else for that matter? Any help would be great. Thanks RB
  19. Premaxilla(snout) of a small mosasaur.
  20. Hi all, My sister recently traveled to Morocco and bought a trilobite for me. Can someone please help me identify the authenticity of this fossil? Also, what types of trilobite is this anyway? Thanks so much! Ken
  21. I was given this piece and the only thing i know about its location is Morocco. It is about 5 cm wide and 4 cm hight and i think it could be a goniatite, but without certitude.
  22. None
  23. This fossil is around 70 million years old. It's 2.25 cm in height. Specimen is 100% percent complete.
  24. Some of you who've known me for awhile know I am on the hunt for a large 3 in+ plesiosaur tooth. I acquired one this month at last! This beauty here measures 3.75 inches exact in a straight line. He came in a large chunk of rock, so I had to chip off quite a bit of matrix, cutting myself slightly in the process from a hidden shark tooth. I opted to leave this matrix because I think it looks good, and I fear further breaking would break the tooth. He's a Zarafasaura oceanis from Sidi Daoui of Morocco, dated to 70.6 - 66 million years old (late Cretaceous).
  25. Hey guys this is my koneprussia that has spines on spines!