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araucaria1959

Dinosaur Claw, Cretaceous, Taouz / Marocco

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Hello,

this is a small dinosaur claw (length about 18 mm; scale = mm).

All I know is that it's from Taouz, so I suppose it is from the Kem Kem Beds.

A currently published faunal list of the Kem Kem Beds encompasses the following theropod taxa:

Spinosaurus cf. aegypticus, Carcharodontosaurus saharicus, cf. Majungasaurus, Deltadromaeus agilis, Dromaeosauridae indet.

Is it possible to ID the specimen?

Thanks

araucaria1959

claw - 1.bmp

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A second picture of the same claw:

claw-2.bmp

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Seems to fall within normal range of variation for Spinosaurus, though it's not complete and missing the proximal end.

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There is very little published information on theropod material from Morocco to help ID claws. Without the proximal end of the claw it would be a guess.

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Not meaning to put a damper on things but the texture does not look like bone.

Also note that I no nothing about what fossils from Kem Kem look like.

Mike

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I can say that with the Kem Kem claws I have in my collection it looks okay. Again, I would caution against trying to put an ID without a complete claw and it being so small. I do not think its Spino since I own both a adult and and juvenile specimen. You are looking at some small probably unidescribed theropod.

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Thank you very much. I was surprised (and shocked) indeed when I saw my pictures enlarged because that was the first time I realized the unusual coarse-grained texture so that I considered the possibility that this could be a fake. That's the reason why I didn't downsize the pics, so that this texture remained visible.

So I'm glad that Troodon says it looks okay, even if ID is impossible.

araucaria1959

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Good to hear its normal for the region as the coarse grain is something I have not seen in fossils before. We are all learning. :)

Mike

Edited by Mike from North Queensland

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