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Is this a real spinosaurus juvenile claw?


Ginger0412

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Are these real Spinosaurus claws?

This claw was found in Kem Kem, Morocco.

Looks like a real spinosaurus claw to me.

If anyone knows, please let me know.

Thanks in advance!

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I think it could be some type of theropod claw, but I'm not sure if it's Spinosaurid. The claw looks okay in the first picture (in terms of preservation), but in the others, something looks off about it. It could just be poor prepping/preservation.

 

There also seems to be some possible restoration going on. I circled areas that look suspect in my opinion.

 

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I am far from am expert on claws, however. I'll let more knowledgeable posters give their input.

 

I also think it would be a good idea for you to ask the seller for more pictures from different angles (base, top down view, etc.) and better resolution. It will make it easier for others to give you a proper ID.

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Agree it appears to be a claw of some indeterminate theropod.    Looks very nice might have some repair but its difficult to say without hand examination with a UV light and recommended on any KK claw. 

 

Most claws from the Kem Kem group are not described so being indeterminate is not unusual since very few articulated specimens are found.   What is described are Spinosaurid foot and Abelisaurid foot claws which these are not..

 

This is what I believe a juvenile spinosaurid hand claw looks like.  Articulation end is very different than those offered for sale.

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