Boneman and Carl,
I agree with you that there are many Mosateeth from Morocco which are not orginal.
But saying that 99% is fake is grossly exaggerated. Many of the remains of Mosa from Morocco
are deformed by sedimental pressure and often in a bad shape and scattered because of other predators having a go at it after the mosa died.
Many times you find the big rooted teeth in between the scattered yaws. Most of the teeth Plai is showing are as good as they can be!
I myself have a few which I prepped open to see if they were messed with (of course species which had already a little damage ).
Mosa from the Netherlands and Belgium which you will hardly find for sale, also show teeth as plai is showing. And since they are not offered for sale there is no need for faking them.
Quote "To put it in perspective, the number of rooted mosasaur teeth versus non-rooted teeth found in the US is very small. We find a lot of shed teeth (Teeth without any root), however. But, when we compare the number of rooted mosasaur teeth versus non-rooted teeth found outside the US, it is statistically almost opposite. This shows that most non-US mosasaur teeth have had the root faked"
Again, there are many fakes from Morocco, but 99%???
Another thing is that the roots which are used to make a fake (I am talking about the ones with real roots in there composition) have to orginate from somewhere!
Since the Mosa did not loose his/her complete tooth (with roots and all) during livetime, as you stated yourselves, The roots must be coming from species after they died.
You can not have more teeth with roots attached as there are roots!
"To put it in perspective": You do not know how many teeth without roots are found in Morocco. You also do not know how many of those teeth without roots are offered on the market. Apparently you do not know how many teeth without roots are found and offered on the market. I can assure you, that over here in Europe, you see more teeth without roots as with roots.
So your conclusion that most (99%) are fake is very unscientific.
I do not mind you saying what your saying. Or warning people for the many falsefications and compositions from Morocco. But I do mind you telling Plai that his teeth with roots are most probably fake without having examined them more closely.
And Plai, you have got some nice species over there
Edited by donckey, 19 March 2013 - 01:19 PM.