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  1. HI guys, I know Morocco fossils are a general no no for entry level folks like me. However this particular piece caught my eye and I quite like how it looks. It has 2 Phacops and 1 Paralejurus on the same matrix Would be great if I can get some more insight from the experts on this forum. Thank you.
  2. A New Pterosaur from the Kem Kem

    Looks like the Kem Kem is giving up a few new secrets. Xericeps curvirostris is the latest newly described Pterosaur from the region. Unfortunately it's a paywalled paper. The papers illustrations can be see in a thumbnail by hitting the 3 green lines on the upper left of the link http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195667117304044 Author :David M Martill, David M Unwin, Nizar Ibrahim, Nick Longrich Publication date 2017/9/14 Journal Cretaceous Research Publisher Academic Press Description Abstract A new genus and species, Xericeps curvirostris gen. et sp. nov., is erected for a highly distinctive pterosaur mandible from the mid-Cretaceous (? Albian to lower Cenomanian) Kem Kem beds of south east Morocco. The new taxon is referred to Azhdarchoidea based on the absence of teeth, slenderness of its mandible with sulcate occlusal surface, presence on the posterior section of the mandibular symphysis of short paired ridges bounding a central groove, and the presence of elongate foramina on its ... Scholar articles A new edentulous pterosaur from the Cretaceous Kem Kem beds of south eastern Morocco DM Martill, DM Unwin, N Ibrahim, N Longrich - Cretaceous Research, 2017 @LordTrilobite @Seguidora-de-Isis
  3. Hi everyone, I've put this post in the Fossil ID area as I think it is a suitable place for it. I'm in the process of identifying 1000s of Moroccan sand tiger teeth and I've been accumulating all the information I could find. There is no one piece of literature that does it all. I hope to update this through time and get feedback from those more knowledgeable than myself that all the information is correct. Let me know if I have made a mistake and I will correct it. I hope this will be a useful resource for everyone. First, here is Arambourg 1952: http://hybodus.free.fr/maroc/Arambourg%20%20&%20alii%20Vert%E9br%E9s%20fossiles%20des%20gisements%20de%20 (Copy and paste into your browser) Now, there have been a few revisions since 1952. Here is what I could find: Name in Arambourg 1952 New valid name (if applicable) O. whitei Arambourg, 1952 Striatolamia whitei (Arambourg, 1952) O. macrota premut. striata (Winkler) 1874 Striatolamia macrota (Agassiz, 1843) O. robusta var. africana Arambourg, 1952 Carcharias robustus africanus (Arambourg, 1952) O. hopei s./sp. atlantica Arambourg, 1952 O. koerti (Stromer) 1910 Brachycarcharias koerti (Stromer, 1910) O. tingitana Arambourg, 1952 Carcharias tingitana (Arambourg, 1952) O. speyeri Dart. et Casier, 1943 O. substriata Stromer, 1910 Carcharias substriatus (Stromer, 1910) O. substriata mut. atlasi Arambourg, 1952 Brachycarcharias atlasi (Arambourg, 1952) O. vincenti (Woodward) 1899 Brachycarcharias lerichei (Casier, 1946) O. winkleri Lerice 1905 Note that O. stands for Odontaspis. If the space in the "new valid name" column is blank, then the name in Arambourg 1952 is still valid.
  4. Elosuchus Postorbital

    Left postorbital of a large crocodile. There are also small fragments of the frontal and squamosal attached to it.
  5. I am collecting heteromorph ammonite and one vendor is offering this ammonite to me. He does not have the id. For me its appearance (i.e. color and shininess) is quite different from what I have collected.
  6. A package arrived from Spain. Its ill-used appearance caused initial concern, but all was well inside. Within the box - two fossil specimens IDed as: Halisaurus; Upper Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage; Ouled Abdoun Basin (Phosphate beds); Oued Zem, Morocco. Forum member jnoun11 graciously reviewed photos and provided additional refinement of the ID and the life position of the sections. Halisaurus arambourgi The two jaw sections. upon arrival Right dentary, lingual aspect, 4.56 inches Left maxillary, 5.23 inches
  7. was sent these pictures by a Moroccan dealer i was wondering about it being a sauropod vertebrae since it has a very small foramne, any thoughts or input would be nice and if so could this be from the only described species rebbechasaurus ?
  8. What kind of shell is this?

    Pretty sure that it is from Morocco. Thats about all I know about it, so any information about it would be much appreciated.
  9. I have some doubts about this lot of Moroccan of teeth fossils. All opinions are welcome, and I thank you! Fossil Nº. 01 - Peyeria lybica fossil teeth (kem kem) It's real? I do not know if it has already been described scientifically ... How should I label this in my collection? ============================================================ Fossil Nº. 02 - Ceratodus fossil teeth (kem kem) It's real? I do not know if it has already been described scientifically ... How should I label this in my collection? ============================================================ Fossil Nº. 03 - Pterosaur Coloborhynchus fossil teeth (kem kem) It's real?
  10. Trilobite Species?

    Based on my very basic and uneducated research, I think this is a Paralejurus. Can someone confirm this? It is from Morocco
  11. The below articles mentions Spinosaurus fossils sold on the Internet. Morocco Investigates Dinosaur Fossil Trafficking After Irish Collector Brags about Bone By Morocco World News, September 7, 2017 https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2017/09/228034/morocco-investigates-dinosaur-fossil-trafficking-irish-collector-brags-bone/ Morocco opens an investigation into the selling of dinosaur fossils on the Internet, Al Arabiya English September 6, 2017 http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2017/09/06/Morocco-opens-an-investigation-into-the-selling-of-dinosaur-fossils-on-the-Internet.html Retrouvé au Maroc, un fossile vieux de 100 millions d'années a été vendu aux Etats-Unis. Fatimazahraa Rabbaj , 2M.ma, September 5, 2017 http://www.2m.ma/fr/news/enquete-sur-la-vente-fia-facebook-dun-fossile-marocain-20170905/ Yours, Paul H.
  12. I'm sure there's a very simple answer to this, but I'm honestly astonished by the range and quality of fossils that come out of Morocco. I was browsing around this morning for fun looking at some of the general fossils for sale online, it seems like half of them come from there! Large therapods such as Spinosaurus, or crazy trilobites like Dicranurus. What is up with the crazy fossil diversity in that country?
  13. Hello all- I recently acquired another "fossil" from a guy that lives in Texas who supposedly bought this piece from a reputable dealer who claimed to have done all the work on it. This is my first time collecting trilobites, and I know that so many fakes come out of Morocco. I have read the sites about how to identify the fakes, and this piece has a couple of "red flags" but if it is a fake it's very well done, and even worth what I paid simply for being a piece of "art." I can see the shiny glued areas on the phacops, and some strange coloration changes. Like I said in posts before, I am a novice, especially with trilobites, and just doing research I thought it was odd these two varieties are on the same matrix and the smaller Gerastos is darker than the Phacops. The matrix is lighter than it probably should be, but I cannot see any bubble marks on it or the specimens which would indicate resin. I've also done the "tooth test" as well as examined the piece under UV light and both seem to indicate it is not a cast. Then again, people are getting much more clever these days with the fakes. The seller said I could have it checked out and return it if I wish within 30 days. Even if it is a fake piece, or that they are real, and the Gerastos was just added to the matrix, I"ll probably keep it. Please let me know what you think. Thanks! Here is more info. Phacops and a Gerastos on the same piece of matrix. Great preservation and preparation. Facets all visible on the Phacops and the Gerastos' head is near perfect. A few chips on the Phacops but nothing major or distracting. The Gerastos has some chips on the center lobe as shown in photos. Phacops is about 5 cm (2 inches) long. Devonian from the Mt. Issoumour area in Morocco. Piece is nicely prepped and needs no stand to display.
  14. @hxmendoza is one of the foremost dinosaur claw experts I know. I spoke to him several days ago about the "typical" dinosaur claw we see from Kem Kem. He pointed out something interesting. Let me know your thoughts!
  15. I obtained a rather attractive triobite today (my first one) but knowing that these fossils are often tampered with to some degree or another, I decided to put a little acetone on it to see if I could expose any restoration or remove any coatings that may have been applied (I want it for macro photography purposes, and coatings would ruin that). I covered it in acetone, left it for a few minutes, then rinsed it off. Now, instead of being jet black like it was originally, it looks silvery grey - like this: Of all the things I expected, it turning grey wasn't one of them. I thought black or brown were the natural colours. I don't really think the whole trilobite can be a fake, because for one thing it's too flawed, and for another the eyes have the tiny, tiny lenses. Have I just impacted upon a coating without removing it, or what? Any suggestions welcome!
  16. I know it is possible to buy and collect specimens from usa and morocco but what other countries is it possible to do this? I see specimens from Uzbekistan from time to time my interest is mostly dinosaur fossils such as teeth and bones.
  17. I have a project on the go at the moment sorting through 1000s of fossil shark teeth from Morocco to make artificial tooth sets. Thanks to everyone who helped supply them. Well - I realised the actual process from the teeth being extracted to the end buyer is a bit of a mystery to me. What do the deposits look like in the quarry? What does the average collector go through to collect the teeth? What is the typical chain of transactions that occurs on the way out of the mines and Morocco. I've heard that you can buy outside the mines, and I've also heard that the locals are very protective of their mark-up so may like to protect the chain of transactions so everyone gets a cut. I'd love to hear about what people know about this - especially those who have visited Morocco. I would also love to see photos of the mines and of people collecting the teeth. I've found one or two photos on the net, but I bet there are more out there...... It would add to my experience of collecting and handling these fossils. Thanks!
  18. Mosasaur jaw sections

    Two Mosasaur jaw sections arrived today. They are marked "A" & "B" in the photos. Each is approx. 4.5 to 5 ". Please look them over and comment. Including, but not limited to; accuracy of ID info, life position of each section (upper/lower, right/left), how you would proceed with additional prep (if any). Info from the seller: Halisaurus; Upper Cretaceous, Maastrichtian; Ouled Abdoun Basin (phosphate beds); Oued Zem, Morocco.
  19. Rhynchodercetis sp

    From the album North Africa

    Given to me as a gift, this is Rhynchodercetis from the Kem Kem beds of Morocco; possibly R. yovanovitchi, although I cannot make a definitive identification. The specimen is complete, although the state of preservation is not superb; the skull, vertebra,ribs, and rays in the fins are all visible, but not in fine detail.
  20. Hello good night everyone! I have seen in a Fossil Shop this intriguing rib, which is almost complete. I realized that this rib is completely hollow inside. Could it be a Pterosaur or does it fit better with a Dromaeosauridae? Thanks for all of the attempts to help! SIZE: 61 mm - 2.40 in WEIGHT: 2 g - 0.07 oz
  21. Ammonite hunt ID please

    What kind of ammonite is it ?
  22. New hunt. ID please !

    I just find this
  23. ID please !!

    New hunt !! any idea my friends? Other angle
  24. New hunt. ID please !

    I find this but no idea of what animal is...
  25. ID please !!

    New hunt !! any idea my friends? Other angle