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  1. Gift from Morocco!

    Got this from a friend awhile ago and forgot about it !
  2. Dimensions: 185mm long Location: Atlas mountains Jurassic outcrops, Morocco I'm having trouble identifying this partial fossil bone. It's only smallish piece with some significant old broken sections but it still has a pretty distinctive blade-like shape and the internal structure visible at the end breaks is interesting. My amateur impression is that it's too straight for a rib, it's asymmetric so not a chevron, so I was thinking maybe a fibula, or perhaps an ischium or scapula. Any input welcome.
  3. Is this a fake Moroccan crocodile? Sorry for the bad pics it's at a fossil shop I can try and go back and get better once if people think they need ones that are better.
  4. Thoughts on these trilobites from Morocco found on our favorite auction site. Is there any restoration? Has any part been carved or painted? Any I do is greatly appreciated!
  5. Kem Kem bones

    Hello all, I got these two bones a couple of years ago. The biggest (first) one is 24 cm in lenght, the other one is 13 cm. I think the first one is from a crocodile? They are both repaired but not composited. I want to use them in my essay for school so I would really like to know what they are.
  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. Here we go, I finally got two nice Sinosauridae indet. teeth (long more or less 8-9 cm). I love the fact that one is pointy and not broken, while the bigger one has the typical ridges along the tooth. What do you think?
  8. 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.
  9. Raptor

    From the album Dinosaurs & flying reptiles

    Unidentified raptor fossil, likely clavicle, from kem kem, in Taouz, Morocco middle Cretaceous 100 mya
  10. Mini Mosasaur collection

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    A little collection of assorted mosasaur fossils from 2 different places that I got when I first started collecting. 2 different types of vertebrae, one is mosasaur, and the other is a questionable claim of mosasaur, a corprolite that was claimed to be that of a mosasaur, a tooth, & 7 rib fragments. 2 ribs have predation marks, as well as the large vertebra. The large vert has a round tooth indent on the very center. The 2nd rib down has tooth scratches along the surfaces, & 3rd rib down has a round tooth indent in the center, which is probably what caused a strip across the middle to break off. There are 2 other tooth marks on that rib as well, forming a diagonal line from above left of the center indent, breaking off a piece along the top, to below right.
  11. I recently had the opportunity to obtain three specimens of the famous trilobite Cambropallas at a very low price. I've always wanted one of these; preferably a real one, although the fake/restored ones also interested me, if I could find one for the right price. So this was too good an opportunity to miss. Before I say anything else, I should say that I am a long way from being a trilobite expert. I only have half a dozen cheap examples in my collection, although I am interested in Moroccan fossils in general, and the repair/restoration/forgery that you often find in fossils from this country. I'll look at each of the three specimens in turn. If anybody has anything to add, or anything they wish to correct me upon, then please do! I apologise for any incorrect terminology or flat-out wrong information I may inadvertently give. Specimen A Matrix: 27cm This trilobite was complete and undamaged. At first glance, I thought the whole thing might be a cast, because it had an unreal orange hue. The photo below was taken after I had already rinsed a section near the head under the tap, to test my hypothesis that this was some form of pigment. It was, and it revealed the black surface seen towards the top. I decided to soak the whole block, and gently brush it with a toothbrush to remove all of the pigment, which came off easily. This was the result. Far from being faked, it appears to be approximately 65% original. Clearly, much of the right-hand side and the head shield was lost, presumably in a bad split. The missing pieces are constructed from an unknown substance, perhaps some kind of modelling clay (which is how I will refer to it for the sake of argument) or soft resin. It is soft when wet and can be cut away from the fossil with a sharp knife. I was interested to see that even those parts of the trilobite that are present are still covered in the modelling clay, presumably to smooth them out and improve the overall appearance - even though, in fact, it completely obscures all of the original detail. I don't doubt that virtually all of the left side of the thorax is present beneath the clay. I believe that this part of the trilobite is probably authentic: However, it may not be quite as simple as that, as the next specimen shows.
  12. 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).
  13. Chenanisaurus barbaricus was described from the phosphate beds of the Ouled Abdoun basin of Morocco. Specifically the Holotype was found in Sidi Chennane couche ( bed ) III and all the teeth were Premaxillary however a isolated Maxillary tooth was found at Sidi Daoui. Family: Abelisauridae No formal formation designated, ( Late Maastrichtian ca. 112 Ma) Locality: Ouled Abdoun Basin, Couche III at Sidi Chennane Premaxillary Teeth: Tooth 1) CBR: .69, CHR: 2.14 Tooth 2) CBR: .76, CHR: 2.13 Mesial Density : 8.5 per 5 mm at tip and midline Mesial Density : 12 per 5 mm at base Distal Density : 8 per 5 mm at tip and midline Distal Density : 13 per 5 mm at base Denticles are Chisel shaped Carinae on both edges extend to the base Cross-section at base D shaped Longrich, N.R.; Pereda-Suberbiola, X.; Jalil, N.-E.; Khaldoune, F.; Jourani, E. (2017). "An abelisaurid from the latest Cretaceous (late Maastrichtian) of Morocco, North Africa". Cretaceous Research. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2017.03.021 Lateral Teeth: CBR: ?, CHR: ? Mesial Density : 2 mm at tip and midline Mesial Density : higher at base Distal Density : 2 mm at tip and midline Distal Density : higher at base Denticles are Chisel shaped Carinae on both edges extend to the base Lateral Teeth compressed, blade like Mesial edge is strongly recurved Distal edge is straight Buffetaut, E., Escuillié, F., Pohl, B., 2005, "First theropod dinosaur from the Maastrichtian phosphates of Morocco", Kaupia 14: 3-8 Example of a couple in my collection
  14. This week's red flags This bone is being sold as a neural spine of a reptile or dinosaur. It's actually a pretty complete Chevron and could be dinosaurian. Needs lots of prepping to clean it up. Lots of Dromaeosaur raptor teeth being sold. All are either Abelisaurid indet or juvie Carcharodontosaurid Lots of caudal Vertebrae being sold as Spinosaurus or Carcharodontosaurus, most are Crocodyliforms, unknown or other Dino so post here before you buy Lots of rare phalanx toe bones from Dinosaurs or reptiles being sold this week. Most are Reptlian, Croc or turtle.
  15. 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.
  16. I recently purchased this Kem Kem bone, described as dinosaur. The price was reasonable, so I took a chance on it. Can anybody more knowledgeable let me know what they think? I've been looking at examples of crocodile and theropod limb bones, and it's left me scratching my head a bit, I'm still none the wiser. It does need some prep, which I would have done before posting it, but it's been basically soaked in glue, so it'll need some careful applications of acetone to enable me to clean it up properly. There are three clearly repaired breaks, one of which - the one on the flatter (left) end - appears not to be original. I don't think those two bits of bone ever went together, or if they did, there was more bone originally between them. The narrowing of the bone seems too sudden to me. Any thoughts appreciated
  17. A nice article about the history and evolution of the Moroccan trilobite industry. Don't miss the links at the bottom of the column that list Moroccan trilobites by geologic age. https://www.amnh.org/our-research/paleontology/paleontology-faq/trilobite-website/trilobite-localities/a-moroccan-trilobite-sojourn/ (Thanks to @Tidgy's Dad for kindly proofing the article and verifying that, overall, it is a fair representation of Morocco's trilobite industry. )
  18. Otodus obliquus tooth

    Hello everyone again! Here is also Otodus obliquus shark tooth that I have finished two months ago.I hope u will enjoy Darko
  19. I've been offered this partial jaw. It's not the best example in the whole world, but it does have some in-situ teeth. Does anyone have any thoughts on it? I believe that is actually Plesi and not some obscure Moroccan crocodile, but let me know if it's something else! I assume Elasmosaurus of some kind? The teeth look OK to me, I can't see any obvious sign of tampering, although I am always suspicious that one or two could have been added. No actual signs of it though. Any thoughts would be welcomed. My understanding is that these are extremely rare. But still, rarity's not everything. Apologies for the less-than-great pictures.
  20. Mosasaur skull/jaw elements question

    I have been offered this mosasaur jaw section, and am looking for some information on what parts may actually be here. There are two sections of jaw (the one on top very thin, which makes me wonder if it may be a pterygoid jaw?), although the bones on the right confuse me - are they part of the back of the skull? I'm not sure quite what to make of it, since it's not what you normally see. Based on this picture (the only one I have) I would say that the teeth have been butchered, but this blurry photo is all I have to go on. Any comments on the piece would be welcomes. I shall tag @LordTrilobite since he is very good at these things!
  21. Morocco fossil

    Anyone know about this fossil? It's from Khouribga, morocco marine formation Size: 2.5cm
  22. Some more Moroccan fossil listings. Wondering if any are worth looking into. Trying to properly ID. #1 Partial unidentified dino limb bone or Croc?
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